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The chronicles of Scottish history reveal that the first people to use the name Cowie were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was 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. The family were "mainly from the ancient barony of Cowie in Kincardineshire." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
[2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Cowie Early Origins



The surname Cowie was first found in Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996. Cowie is a small village "situated at the mouth of the river Cowie, which falls into a bay of that name, forming a small and commodious harbour." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Cowie Castle is a ruined fortress nearby and is thought to have been the site of a royal hunting lodge in the Middle Ages. Cowie Chapel also known as the Chapel of St. Mary and St. Nathalan is a ruined chapel but is one of the oldest surviving structures in Kincardineshire. On of the first records of the family was Herbert de Cowy who witnessed a charter by Nicholas de Dumfres in 1394. Years later, John Cowy was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1505. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Cowie Spelling Variations


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Cowie Spelling Variations



Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Cowie has been spelled Cowie, Cowey, Cowy, Covie, Cowye, Covey, Cowwie, Cowwey, Coavie, Coawie, Kowie, Kowey, Kovey and many more.

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Cowie Early History


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Cowie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowie research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1040, 1394, 1505, 1600, 1512, 1642 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Cowie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cowie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cowie Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cowie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cowie In Ireland


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Cowie In Ireland



Some of the Cowie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Cowie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Phillip Cowie settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Elizabeth Cowie, who landed in New York in 1842
  • Thomas Cowie settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1859
  • Alexander Cowie, who arrived in Colorado in 1882
  • Annie Cowie, aged 1, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1894

Cowie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • David Cowie, aged 53, who settled in America from Chatham, England, in 1907
  • Adam Cowie, aged 29, who landed in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1907
  • Agnes Cowie, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Alexander Cowie, aged 34, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Charles D. Cowie, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cowie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Cowie, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848

Cowie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Cowie, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily"
  • Robert Cowie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • Ann Cowie, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies"

Cowie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Cowie landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Henry Cowie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glendevon" in 1864
  • Margaret Cowie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glendevon" in 1864
  • Henry Cowie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Talbot" in 1864
  • Margaret Cowie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Talbot" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowie (post 1700)



  • James Cowie, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1896; Secretary of State of Colorado, 1903-07
  • Rear Admiral Thomas Jefferson Cowie (1857-1936), United States Naval officer, Navy Paymaster General, and Chief of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, eponym of the USS Cowie (DD-632), a Gleaves-class destroyer
  • James G "Jimmy" Cowie (b. 1966), Scottish footballer
  • Chris Cowie, Scottish announcer and producer
  • Art Cowie (1934-2009), Canadian urban planner, landscape architect and politician
  • Isaac Cowie (1848-1917), Canadian pioneer, fur trader, and politician
  • Andrew Cowie (1798-1890), Scottish-born Canadian leather manufacturer, ship owner and politician in Nova Scotia
  • Douglas Bruce Cowie (b. 1946), New Zealand cricket umpirer who umpired in the 1999 World Cup in England
  • Alexander Gordon Cowie (1889-1916), English cricketer
  • Edward Cowie (b. 1943), English composer and author
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Cowie Historic Events


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Cowie Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. John E L Cowie (b. 1919), English Shipwright 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Lambeth, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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  10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
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