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The roots of the name McCowen are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. McCowen was originally found in the Scottish-English border region. The McCowen family lived in Ayrshire.

McCowen Early Origins



The surname McCowen 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.

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McCowen Spelling Variations


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McCowen Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. McCowen has been spelled Cowan, Cowans, Cowen, Cowens, MacCowan, MacCowden and many more.

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McCowen Early History


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McCowen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCowen research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCowen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCowen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCowen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McCowen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCowen In Ireland


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McCowen In Ireland



Some of the McCowen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words (19 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



Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North Ameri ca. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

McCowen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth McCowen, who landed in Augusta County, Va in 1740
  • Francis McCowen, who arrived in Augusta County, Va in 1740
  • Markham McCowen, who landed in Augusta County, Va in 1740
  • John McCowen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

McCowen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McCowen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Betsy McCowen, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCowen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCowen (post 1700)



  • Edward Oscar McCowen (1877-1953), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1943-1949)
  • Donald Henry Ewan McCowen (1908-1998), Irish rower at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Alexander Duncan "Alec" McCowen CBE (b. 1925), English actor

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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: Sic itur in altum
Motto Translation: This is the way to heaven.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    11. ...

    The McCowen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCowen 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 6 June 2014 at 19:15.

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