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The current generations of the Cowles family have inherited a surname that was first used hundreds of years ago by descendants of the ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Cowles 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.

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The surname Cowles 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.

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Cowles has been spelled Coull, Coul, Cowill, Cowell, Cull, Cowles, Cowl, Cowle and many more.


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

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

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The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Cowles:

Cowles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Cowles, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Sarah Cowles settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Sarah Cowles, who landed in Virginia in 1654

Cowles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ira Cowles arrived in New York in 1820 with his apprentice
  • Mr. Cowles, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Joseph R Cowles, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Cowles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Cowles arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859
  • Edward Cowles arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859
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  • Brigadier-General Miles Andrew Cowles (1894-1974), American Military Attaché Switzerland (1949)
  • Clinton W. Cowles, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1884
  • Clarence A. Cowles, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Southington, 1918
  • Charles Holden Cowles (1875-1957), American Republican politician, Private secretary to U.S. Rep. E. Spencer Blackburn, 1901-03; Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Wilkes County, 1905-08, 1921-30
  • Charles H. Cowles (1818-1888), American politician, Member of Nebraska territorial House of Representatives, 1860
  • Calvin Josiah Cowles (1821-1907), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1868; Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1868
  • C. William Cowles, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Brisbane, 1945-46
  • C. M. Cowles, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1928
  • Benjamin J. Cowles, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 2nd District, 1850
  • Benjamin Cowles, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County, 1814-15
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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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    Other References

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    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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    6. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    10. 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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