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This name is of English locational origin from any of the several places thus called. Cowley in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Devonshire and Staffordshire, recorded respectively as Cufanlea, Couela, Couelegh and Covelav in Anglo - Saxon Records for the various counties, dated 949 to 1066, derive their names from the Old English pre 7th Century 'Cufan Leah' meaning 'the wood or clearing (leah) of Cufa' the byname form 'Cufl' meaning block or stump. Cowley in Gloucestershire, appearing as Kulege in the Domesday Book of 1086 is so called form the Old English 'Cu - leah' meaning 'clearing where cows grazed'. Two in Derbyshire recorded as Collei in the Domesday Book, derive their first element from the Old English 'col' meaning 'charcoal'; hence 'clearing where charcoal was burned'...

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My great grand father was James Cowley born in Rothrham1883, his father was James Cowley from Macclesfield in 1842, his father James was from Ireland with his wife Margaret also from Ireland. Not very inventive on the naming from are we !


Hello I am in search of someone that can confirm or deny a family story. The claim of one of my 3x great aunt (Maria Zoe Cowley Atkison b.1763) to a nephew (brother to my 2xgreat grandfather Edward Spencer Dickin Cowley, Jaeger to Prince Albert and Queen Victoria b.1816) is that her grandfather William Cowley d. about 1775 was brother to Richard Colley Wesley (Colley), 1st Baron Mornington and as such her great grandparents was Henry Colley/Mary. Thank you for any knowledge you could share.


Hi my name is Charlene my mother is Agnes Minnie cowley I am very interested in my history and is there are any other Crowley family members who are out there I would like to either chat with you or meet with you.


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