The annals of Scottish history reveal that the name MacCowden began in the Boernician
tribe of the Scottish-English border region. The MacCowden family lived in Ayrshire.
Early Origins of the MacCowden family
The surname MacCowden was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, 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.
Early History of the MacCowden family
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MacCowden Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Cowan, Cowans, Cowen, Cowens, MacCowan, MacCowden and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCowden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacCowden family to Ireland
Some of the MacCowden family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the MacCowden family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Barbara Cowan who settled in New Jersey in 1685; along with Marjorie; Andrew Cowan settled in South Carolina in 1772; Alexander Cowan settled in New York City in 1774.
The MacCowden 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: Sic itur in altum
Motto Translation: This is the way to heaven.