Last name: Cowan
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I am a Cowna also, however, considered African American, Oby T. Cowan born a slave was of Irsih ANcestry our distant relative and 13 children were born. Because of our Irish Ancestry, Members in our family have very light skin. Considered "high Yellow", freckles and beautiful eyes and smiles.... We could be related a direct blood line.
I was adopted at birth, just found out my biological dad's name was Cowan! Scottish...that explains the freckles
Any Cowans follow me on twitter @Acey_11 haha thanks
There are New Zealand Cowans too. My Grandfather emigrated here from Kirkcaldy, Scotland with his family when he was a toddler. Cool to hear that there are lots of us in North and South America.
my dad is Scottish yay!!!. that's something we never new
My grandfather came to America with my grandmother from Scotland in probably the 40s. My father and his siblings were born here.
The spelling of the name ending en or an was a way in times gone by of knowing who was a protestant and who was a catholic in Ireland. All of them originally came from Scotland, but families split along religious lines during the reformation. Some of my relatives spell their surname Cowen some Cowan. Nowadays it just seems to be mistakes that are made on birth certificates
Eoghan has nothing to do with Eugenios, although Eugene was sometimes used as a replacement for it. It's a pre-Christian Irish name, transparently meaning 'born from the yew'. My grandfather came to Philadelphia from Maigh Eo, or Mayo, 'plain of the yews'.
Mona Thomson (nee Cowan) My father's family came from Haddington in East Lothian Scotland. In 200 years they hardly covered 20 miles, so it has been fairly easy to trace the family tree. The only Cowans I know are my brother Adil and his son Gabriel who live in Oxford. I live in Dumfries. Where have all the others gone????
Im a Cowan in Oxford! My grandad moved down from Dumfries in the 40's. I stumble across more and more Cowans as time goes by!
Get a copy of Terry Cowan's book A Cowan History". You will see your family Cowans from Haddington in East Lothian Scotland there!
Terry Cowan's book "A Cowan History" has his Cowans coming from Edington, Scotland not Haddington, Scotland, my mistake. It may be or may not be the same family.
Cowans in southamerica.I´m the grandaugther of Maria isabel cowan, her father Rodney cowan come to cartagena-colombia to work in the railroad as an engeener
That is really neat to here that there are Cowans in South America - seems very exotic! :)
Cowan - in Scotland - historically a cowan was an occupation - A cowan built 'dry stane dykes' - (stone fencing built without cement etc)...As surnames are often linked to historic occupations I would suggest that some with the Cowan surname may have got it from this occupation link.
I get the Coen pronunciation response constantly.
(Sorry if this is a duplicate.) Richard, I have to spell out my name too: all Cowans/Cowens/Cowins have to put up with that. I also have to deal with people who look at the written version and promptly call me Mr. Cohen. My grandfather (whom I never knew) actually called himself that (and often wrote it "Coen"); the pronunciation changed in my father's time. Roosevelt, there's no reason to think all Cowans are related, any more than there's reason to think all Johnsons are related.
Having researched the origin of the COWAN's and discovering the various differences in spelling. I take great pride to see that i a from a very large family. you apart of me & me apart of you. Thats fine with me:)
This entry specifically refers to the Cowan spelling of my surname. Every time we give our name to someone we have to spell it out C O W E N with an emphasis on the E.
Yep...our family told us that if the name was spelled differently than "Cowen", we weren't related. Then we held a huge family reunion and I discovered that the tombstones in the family yard, where my grandfather and older ancestors were buried in homestead in Ohio (Irish immigrants) were spelled "Cowan". There went the distinction as a rule of identifying direct relatives.
I am a Cowan in Canada. My great-great-great-grandfather came here I think when there was the potato famine I think... Bennet Cowan who had Henry cowan who had Kenneth Cowan than my dad Keith Cowan...I think...
hi i live i australia and through a family history check cowan can be spelt many ways, back in the day they didnt really go by spelling more how it sounds even between father and son they could spell last name differently. i have a copy a cowan history going back to 1066AD if anyone wants a look just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric David Cowan
Hi Merv, I live in Oz too, since 1977, ex Africa, ex Glasgow where I was born in WWII. My father was John and he and my uncle owned and ran "Cowan's Sweets" with a factory in Glasgow and, at one stage, 29 "sweetie' shops throughout Scotland. I'd very much appreciate a look at your family history.