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The surname Gowdy was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Edinburghshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. Gowdy is an ancient Scottish name that evolved from the Goldie, which derives from the Old English personal name Gold.

Gowdy Early Origins



The surname Gowdy was first found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Gowdy Spelling Variations


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Gowdy Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Gowdy has been spelled Goudie, Gouday, Goudey, Goudy, Gowdy, Gowdie, Gadie, Goodie, Gady and many more.

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Gowdy Early History


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Gowdy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gowdy research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1643, 1567, 1783, 1847, 1576 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Gowdy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gowdy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gowdy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gowdy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gowdy In Ireland


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Gowdy In Ireland



Some of the Gowdy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlanti c. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Gowdy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Gowdy, who was on record at Long Cane in Abbeyville, South Carolina in 1756

Gowdy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R Gowdy, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gowdy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gowdy (post 1700)



  • John W. Gowdy (1869-1963), Scottish-American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church and The Methodist Church
  • Bruce Gowdy, American guitarist
  • Henry "Hank" Morgan Gowdy (1889-1966), American professional baseball catcher and a first baseman
  • Theodore M. Gowdy, American politician, First Selectman of Somers, Connecticut, 1888
  • John Kennedy Gowdy (1843-1918), American Republican politician, Chair of Rush County Republican Party, 1880-90; Rush County Auditor, 1883-91; Indiana Republican State Chair, 1891-97; U.S. Consul General in Paris, 1897-1905
  • Herbert Ward Gowdy (b. 1874), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Berrien County 1st District, 1919-22; Defeated, 1910; Member of Michigan State Board of Agriculture, 1924-29
  • George W. Gowdy, American politician, Representative from Connecticut 1st District, 1892
  • Allen Gowdy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Enfield, 1906
  • Curtis Edward Gowdy (1919-2006), American sportscaster, eponym of the Curt Gowdy Media Award
  • Barbara Gowdy (b. 1950), Canadian novelist and short story writer

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Motto


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Motto



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: Honestas
Motto Translation: Honesty.


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Gowdy Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. 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).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    9. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Gowdy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gowdy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 30 March 2016 at 10:42.

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