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The proud Cowlishaw family originated in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Cowlishaw family originally lived in Cornwall. Their name, however, is derived from the Old English word coll, which means hill, and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a landform. The redundancy in the name (hills hill) is likely a later addition after the initial word cole had fallen out of use and its meaning has been forgotten.

Cowlishaw Early Origins



The surname Cowlishaw was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Tremoderet, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. However, there are three other places named Coleshill in Britain. Coleshill is a market town in the North Warwickshire, a village and civil parish within Chiltern district in Buckinghamshire and a small village and civil parish in the Vale of White Horse district of Oxfordshire. Of the three places, the Warwickshire town seems to be the oldest as the the first listing was found in 799 as Colleshyl. By the Domesday Book in 1086, the town was listed as Coleshelle and probably was derived from the Old English River Cole + hyll as in "hill on the River Cole." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Cowlishaw Spelling Variations


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Cowlishaw Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Coleshill, Colshill, Colsell, Colshull, Colshall, Cowlshaw and many more.

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Cowlishaw Early History


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Cowlishaw Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowlishaw research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1424 and 1427 are included under the topic Early Cowlishaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cowlishaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cowlishaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cowlishaw 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



In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Cowlishaw were found:

Cowlishaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anne and William Cowlishaw sailed to Salem, Massachusetts in 1630

Cowlishaw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Cowlishaw, who arrived in Virginia in 1719

Cowlishaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. T. Cowlishaw, aged 30, who arrived in America from England, in 1892
  • Sarah Cowlishaw, aged 63, who arrived in America, in 1893
  • Elizabeth M. Cowlishaw, aged 27, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Irene Cowlishaw, aged 38, who arrived in America, in 1895
  • Leslie Cowlishaw, aged 19, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1896
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cowlishaw Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Isaac Cowlishaw, aged 47, who arrived in America from Leeds, England, in 1900
  • Elizabeth Cowlishaw, aged 61, who arrived in America from Heaton Chapel, England, in 1904
  • Irene T. Cowlishaw, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Henry Albert Cowlishaw, aged 24, who arrived in America from Bristol, England, in 1908
  • Winifred M. Cowlishaw, aged 27, who arrived in America from Leeds, England, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowlishaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowlishaw (post 1700)



  • William Timothy "Tim" Cowlishaw (b. 1955), American sportswriter for The Dallas Morning News
  • George E. Cowlishaw, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1965
  • Leigh Cowlishaw (b. 1970), former English footballer who played from 1989 to 2009 and current manager for Richmond Kickers
  • William Harrison Cowlishaw (1869-1957), British architect of the European Arts and Crafts school, best known for his unique design of The Cloisters in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
  • James Cowlishaw (1834-1929), Australian politician in Queensland
  • Mike Cowlishaw, British retired IBM Fellow, a Visiting Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

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