Early Origins of the Cowpar family
The surname Cowpar was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that county. They held a family seat at Carleton Hall and Unthank in Cumberland.
Early History of the Cowpar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowpar research.Another 417 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1147, 1430, 1534, 1561, 1455, 1487, 1622, 1865, 1453, 1484, 1512, 1622, 1683, 1656, 1659, 1664, 1723, 1705, 1670, 1728, 1666 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Cowpar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cowpar Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Cowpar has appeared include Cowper, Couper, Copper and others.
Early Notables of the Cowpar family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Cowper (c.1453-1484), English mason, who was in charge of the work at Rothesay Castle, Bute
, in 1512; Sir William Cowper, 1st Baronet
of Ratling Court, Nonington, Kent; his son, James Cowper (1622-1683) was an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Hertford (1656-1659)... Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cowpar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cowpar family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cowpar arrived in North America very early: Johanna Cowper, who came to Virginia in 1622; Alveryn Cowper, who came to Virginia in 1635; Robert Cowper, who arrived in Maryland in 1650; Grace Cowper, who settled in Maryland in 1720.