Cowherd is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a tender of cattle. The name is an adaptation of the Old English word cuhyrde
, of the same meaning. It derives from the roots, cu
, meaning cow
, and hierde
, meaning herdsman
Early Origins of the Cowherd family
The surname Cowherd was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cowherd family
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Cowherd Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Coward, Cowerd and others.
Early Notables of the Cowherd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cowherd family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cowherd or a variant listed above:
Cowherd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Cowherd, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Cowherd (post 1700)
- William Strother Cowherd (1860-1915), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, 1892; U.S. Representative from Missouri 5th District, 1897-1905; Candidate for Governor of Missouri, 1908 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html