Cowman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
It is generally believed that this name comes from a Breton personal name, derived from element "cam," meaning "bent," or "crooked;" or perhaps from the herb called "cummin" (cumin). Or the name may have come from the place name Comines, in Flanders, Northern France. 
"This ancient family claim descent from the great house of Comines in France. They seem to have come into Britain at the Conquest, though they do not appear eo nomine in Domesday. " 
Early Origins of the Cowman family
The surname Cowman was first found in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire in England, in the 12th and 13th centuries. Robert of Comyn (Comines,) a noble who accompanied William the Conqueror in 1066 and was made Earl of Northumberland. 
Other early records of the family shown with a myriad of early spellings include: Godwinus filius Cumine in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1173; Eustachius filius Cumini in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1219; Petrus filius Kymine in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1301; Hugh Coumini listed in France in 1157; Walter Cumin in the Pipe Rolls for Wales in 1158; John Comin in Lincolnshire in 1175-1179; and William Cumyn in the Pipe Rolls for Hampshire in 1230. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Florentina Comin, Oxfordshire; Peter Comyn, Wiltshire; Stephen Comyng, Essex; and Thomas Comyn, Gloucestershire.  Another source notes that Admund le Comyn was listed in Norfolk, 14 Edward II (during the fourteenth year of King Edward III's reign.) 
Today Commins is a small hamlet in Denbighshire and Commins Coch is a small village in the county of Powys, Wales.
Saint Comman of Ross-Commain (fl. 550), was son of Faelchu and "descendant of Fiacha Araidhe, of the family of Rudhraighe, and race of Ir, king of Ulster, A.D. 236." 
Early History of the Cowman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowman research. Another 487 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1153, 1133, 1302, 1296, 1306, 1289, 1667, 1740, 1688, 1751, 1747, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Cowman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cowman Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.
Early Notables of the Cowman family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Alexander Comyn (d. 1289), Earl of Buchan, a Scotish-Norman nobleman, son of William Comyn and Marjory, Countess of Buchan, the heiress of the last native Scottish Mormaer of Buchan, Fergus...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cowman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In the United States, the name Cowman is the 18,753rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Cowman family to Ireland
Some of the Cowman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
| Cowman migration to the United States ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cowman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Cowman, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 
Cowman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Annie Cowman, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States from Wallsend, England, in 1910
- Mary Isabella Cowman, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Wallsend, England, in 1910
- Robert Arthur Cowman, aged 49, who landed in America from New Mills, England, in 1919
- Robert H. Cowman, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States from Leeds, England, in 1920
- Stanley James Cowman, aged 5, who landed in America from Leeds, England, in 1920
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| Cowman migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Cowman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- S. Cowman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849 
- Mary Cowman, aged 22, a kitchen maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" 
- Bridget Cowman, aged 24, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
|Contemporary Notables of the name Cowman (post 1700) ||+|
- Charles Elmer Cowman (1868-1924), American missionary evangelist in Japan, one of the cofounders of the Oriental Missionary Society and The Cowman Memorial Bible Training Institute
- Lettie Burd Cowman (1870-1960), American author and co-founder of The Oriental Missionary Society, wife of Charles Elmer Cowman
- Dick Cowman (b. 1949), English retired rugby union international player who represented England (1971 to 1973)
- Stanley Corbett Cowman (1923-2003), New Zealand cricket umpire
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- State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849ChildeHarold.htm
- South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml