Thomas Cowley

5 April 1790–
Kirk Michael in Arbory, Isle of Man

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Cowley was born on 5 April 1790, in Kirk Michael in Arbory, Isle of Man, his father, Patrick Cowley, was 24 and his mother, Elizabeth Garret, was 24.

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Patrick Cowley
Elizabeth Garret
Thomas Cowley
Henry Cowley
John Cowley

Parents and Siblings

    Patrick Cowley





World Events (6)


Age 7

"""The Statute Laws of the Isle of Man"" by C. Briscoe are published."

Age 31

Census gave Island population of 40,081.

Age 35

Potato riots caused by imposition of tithes.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of the various places called Cowley. One in Gloucestershire is named with Old English ‘cow’ + lēah ‘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.2 Irish: reduced form of Macaulay ( see McCauley ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thomas Cowley, "Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598-2009"
  • Thomas Cowley, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Thomas Cowley, "Isle of Man Births and Baptisms, 1607-1910"

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