The ancestors of the bearers of the Cowlebrooke family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found near a cool stream. The surname Cowlebrooke is derived from the Old English words col,
which means cool,
which means brook.
Thus, Cowlebrooke is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. However, Cowlebrooke may also belong to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads; in this case, the name Cowlebrooke is derived from residence in or near the settlement of Colebrook in Devon.
Early Origins of the Cowlebrooke family
The surname Cowlebrooke was first found in Surrey
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cowlebrooke family
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Cowlebrooke Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cowlebrooke include Colebrooke, Colbrook, Collbrook, Colebroke, Colbroke, Collbroke and many more.
Early Notables of the Cowlebrooke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cowlebrooke family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cowlebrooke or a variant listed above: Robert Colbrook who settled in Philadelphia in 1774; Harriet Colebrooke settled in Maryland in 1775.