Maria Cowley

about 1841–
Isle of Man

The Life of Maria

When Maria Cowley was born about 1841, in Isle of Man, her father, Patrick Cowley, was 46 and her mother, Ann Cowley, was 38. She lived in Bride, Isle of Man in 1861.

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Family Time Line

Patrick Cowley
1795–1832
Ann Cowley
1803–1900
Margaret Cowley
1830–
James Cowley
1838–
Maria Cowley
1841–

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(3)

World Events (4)

1863

Age 22

Douglas becomes the capital of the Isle of Man, after its parliament. Tynwald moved their chambers from Castletown.
1867

Age 26

First Elections to the House of Keys.
1872

Age 31

The Education Act of 1872 marked an important turning point for the recognition and use of Gaelic within the education system.

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 (1)

  • Maria Cowley in household of Ann Cowley, "England and Wales Census, 1861"

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