Cowley Family Crest

Cowley Family CrestThe surname Cowley is of locative origin  deriving from any of the several places named Cowley in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Devonshire and Staffordshire. The name finds it’s origins in the Old English words cu meaning “a cow” and leah meaning “ a woodland or clearing.” The name Cowley is also found in Ireland where it is a reduced form of the Gaelic name McAuley. The first recorded reference to the name Cowley is be that of Osbert de Couela, in 1167, in “The Pipe Rolls of Oxfordshire”, during the reign of King Henry II.

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