Cowle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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. " [1]

Coull Castle was an 13th-century castle to the south of Coull. Only traces of the castle can be found today.

Important Dates for the Cowle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowle research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Cowle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

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

Cowle migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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 [2]
  • 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;

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from
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