Cowden Family History

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Cowden Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of at least three places named Cowden. One in Northumbria occurs in 1286 as Colden and is derived from Old English col ‘(char)coal’ + denu ‘valley’; that in East Yorkshire occurs in Domesday Book as Coledun and is from Old English col + dun ‘hill’; while one in Kent is recorded in 1160 as Cudena and is from Old English cu ‘cow’ + denn ‘pasture’. The last does not appear to have yielded any surnames; the surname is more or less restricted to northern England, and is also found in northern Ireland, where it may be of Scottish origin, from places called Cowden near Dollar and near Dalkeith, Lothian.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bowden, Howden, Colden, Crowden, Rowden, Dowden, Ogden, Cowey, Cowie

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Cowden Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cowden name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cowden. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Cowden Family Origin

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Cowden Family Occupations

What did your Cowden ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cowden occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Cowden's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Quay Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cowden. A less common occupation for the Cowden family was Shoemaker.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Quay Labourer

  • Shoemaker


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Cowden Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Cowden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cowden census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Cowden. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Cowden. For the veterans among your Cowden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cowden Life Expectancy

What is the average Cowden lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Cowden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cowden in 1943 was 52, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cowden ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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