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In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Cowl, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. The ancestors of the Cowl family lived in Coull, in Aberdeenshire. There is also another place so named, in the Highland Region, which may have independently given rise to this surname.

Cowl Early Origins



The surname Cowl was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland. Coull Castle was an 13th-century castle to the south of Coull. Only traces of the castle can be found today.

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Cowl Spelling Variations


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Cowl Spelling Variations



Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Cowl has been written Coull, Coul, Cowill, Cowell, Cull, Cowles, Cowl, Cowle and many more.

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Cowl Early History


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Cowl Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowl research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Cowl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cowl Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cowl Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cowl Notables 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



Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Cowl:

Cowl Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Adam Cowl, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743

Cowl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin and Sam Cowl arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • J W Cowl, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • M H Cowl, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Cowl Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Cowl arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowl (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowl (post 1700)



  • Margaret Cowl, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 12th District, 1934, 1936
  • Fred E. Cowl, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Wheeling, West Virginia, 1929-33 (acting, 1929)

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Motto


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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: Cole Deum
Motto Translation: Worship God.


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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    The Cowl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cowl Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 26 November 2015 at 12:54.

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