The name Cowhey originally descend from Cobthach Fionn, a quo O Cobhthaigh, where "cobthach" means "victorious" and "fionn" means "fair," combined to mean "the fairhaired victor." CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
Early Origins of the Cowhey family
The surname Cowhey was first found in County Cork
and Meath, where the claim descent from the Irish monarch, Luy Mac Con, from the line of Ithe Kings, ancestor of Cobthach Fion, who in turn was the ancestor of the name Coffey or Caughey (both pronounced the same way). The O'Coffeys of Corcaloidhe are kin of the O'Driscolls, and are still common in southwest County Cork
Early History of the Cowhey family
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Cowhey Spelling Variations
Many different spelling variations
of the surname Cowhey exist in the archives researched. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Coffey, Caughey, Coffie, Coughey, Cauffey, Cauffy, Cauffie, Coffy, Coughay, Coffay, Coffeye and many more.
Early Notables of the Cowhey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cowhey family to the New World and Oceana
Irish emigration to North America began modestly in the late 18th century. At this time, Irish families
made the journey to British North America and the United States by choice and after careful consideration: they were primarily in search of a suitably large stretch of land to call their own. This pattern would change most dramatically during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. For example, the years 1825-1845 saw approximately 450,000 heading to British North America and 400,000 to the United States, but in 1847, at the height of the famine, it is estimated that more than 104,000 Irish immigrants went to British North America and more than 119,000 to the United States. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Cowhey:
Cowhey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Cowhey, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 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)
Cowhey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Josephine Cowhey, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1912
- Mary E. Cowhey, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1912
- Francis J. Cowhey, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1919
- Frank Cowhey, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
- Brian Cowhey, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1921
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowhey (post 1700)
- William J. Cowhey (d. 1968), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960, 1964; Illinois state fire marshall, 1961 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Cowhey Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Non providentia sed victoria
Motto Translation: No victory without foresight