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Cowley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places called Cowley. One in Gloucestershire is named with Old English cu ‘cow’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’; two in Derbyshire have Old English col ‘(char)coal’ as the first element; and one near London has it from Old English cofa ‘shelter’, ‘bay’ (see Cove) or the personal name Cofa. The largest group, however, with examples in Buckinghamshire, Devon, Oxfordshire, and Staffordshire, were apparently named as ‘the wood or clearing of Cufa’; however, in view of the number of places named with this element, it is possible that it conceals a topographical term as well as a personal name. Irish: reduced form of Macaulay (see McCauley).

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


Similar surnames: Howley, Coley, Bowley, Copley, Rowley, Corley, Comley, Onley, Godley

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Cowley Family Origin

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Cowley Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    14%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Clergyman

    5%
  • Farm Laborer

    5%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cowley family was Farm Laborer. The most common Cowley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 14% of Cowley's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Clergyman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cowley.

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