The annals of Scottish history reveal that Cowle was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
. The Cowle 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.
Early Origins of the Cowle family
The surname Cowle 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
in the parish of Coull.
"This place is supposed to have taken its name, which signifies a 'corner,' from its situation in the south-eastern extremity of the district of Cromar. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Coull Castle was an 13th-century castle to the south of Coull. Only traces of the castle can be found today.
Early History of the Cowle family
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Cowle Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Cowle include Coull, Coul, Cowill, Cowell, Cull, Cowles, Cowl, Cowle and many more.
Early Notables of the Cowle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cowle family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cowle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Cowle, aged 26, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
- Robert Cowle, aged 35, a farm labourer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Cowle (post 1700)
- William Cowle, American Republican politician, Mayor of Syracuse, New York, 1892 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Lawrence Cowle Phipps (1862-1958), American politician, United States Senator from Colorado(1919-1931)
- Lawrence Cowle Phipps (1862-1958), American Republican politician, Vice-president and treasurer, Carnegie Steel Corporation; U.S. Senator from Colorado, 1919-31; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1920, 1924, 1928;
The Cowle 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.