George Siaosi Cowley

Brief Life History of George Siaosi

When George Siaosi Cowley was born about 1882, in Vaigaga, Samoa, his father, Charles Sale Cowley, was 30 and his mother, Matauaina Faiamalie Tuitama, was 27. He married Silivalu in 1910, in Vaigaga, Samoa. He lived in Samoa in 1882. He died in Vaigaga, Samoa.

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George Siaosi Cowley

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  • Legacy NFS Source: George Cowley - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: George Cowley
  • George Cowley, "Samoa Baptisms, 1863-1940"

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Germany annexes Western Samoa, the U.S. takes over eastern Samoa and Britain withdraws its claim to the islands in accordance with treaty between Germany, Britain and the U.S.


New Zealand occupies Western Samoa during World War I and continues to administer it after the war by virtue of a League of Nations mandate (and a United Nations mandate after World War II).


U.S. troops stationed in Western Samoa during World War II, but no battles are fought on the islands.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of 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 is 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 called with this element, it is possible that it conceals a topographic term as well as a personal name.

Irish: shortened form of Macaulay (see McCauley ).

Manx: shortened form of Gaelic Mac Amhlaoibh ‘son of Amhlaoibh’ (a Gaelicized form of Old Norse Óláfr). For an alternative Manx form of the same patronymic see Callow .

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

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