Cowper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cowper family

The surname Cowper was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list the family as follows: Johannes Cowper, glover; and Johannes Couper, coupar,. [1]

Early History of the Cowper family

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Cowper 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 Cowper has appeared include Cowper, Couper, Copper and others.

Early Notables of the Cowper 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); William Cowper (1664-1723)...
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United States Cowper migration to the United States +

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 Cowper arrived in North America very early:

Cowper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Cowper, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Johanna Cowper, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • William Cowper, who landed in New England in 1633 [2]
  • Alveryn Cowper, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Alveryn Cowper, who settled in Virginia in 1635
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Cowper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Cowper, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • John Cowper, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [2]
  • Grace Cowper, who settled in Maryland in 1720
  • John Cowper, who settled in Maryland in 1732
  • Basil Cowper, who arrived in Savannah, Georgia sometime between 1774 and 1775
Cowper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Cowper, who was naturalized in New York, NY in 1827
  • Enrique Augustus Cowper, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1861 [2]

Australia Cowper migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cowper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Cowper, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849 [3]

New Zealand Cowper migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cowper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Cowper, (b. 1817), aged 43, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [4]
  • Mr. John Cowper, (b. 1826), aged 34, British farm labourer travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [4]
  • Mr. Henry Cowper, (b. 1851), aged 9, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [4]
  • Mr. John Cowper, (b. 1854), aged 6, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [4]
  • Miss Ann Cowper, (b. 1858), aged 2, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowper (post 1700) +

  • Steve Camberling Cowper (b. 1938), American politician, 6th Governor of Alaska from 1986 to 1990
  • William W. Cowper, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1829-32, 1834-37 [5]
  • Steve Camberling Cowper (b. 1938), American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives, 1975-78; Governor of Alaska, 1986-90 [5]
  • Rose Cowper, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1944 [5]
  • Peter Poole Cowper (1902-1962), English professional footballer
  • Geraldine "Gerry" Cowper (b. 1958), English actress, best known for her role as Rosie Miller in EastEnders
  • Professor Edward Shickle Cowper (1790-1852), English head of the department of engineering at King's College London
  • William Cowper (1731-1800), English poet and hymnodist
  • Edward Alfred Cowper (1819-1893), British mechanical engineer, recipient of the Elliott Cresson Medal of The Franklin Institute in 1889 [6]
  • Sir Charles Cowper (1807-1875), Australian politician, 2nd Premier of the Colony of New South Wales on several occasions between 1856 and 1870, born at Dryford, Lancashire, 26 April 1807, son of William Cowper, the Archdeacon of New South Wales [6]
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RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Ernest Sedgwick Cowper, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13 [7]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CASPAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Caspar.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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