6,177 CAWLEY members around the world
CAWLEY Family HistoryThis name, with variant spellings Cowley and Kewley, has two distinct possible origins, the first being a dialectal variant of the placename Cowley found in Buckinghamshire, Devonshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Cloucestershire and Middlesex. The second element of the name i.e. "ley" derives, in all cases, from the Old English pre 7th Century "leah", a wood or clearing, and the first element "cow" may be either the Old English "cufl", a log or stump; "cu", a cow; or "col", charcoal. Early recordings of the surname from locational sources include Osbert de Couela, (Oxfordshire, 1167) and William de Colley, (Derbyshire, 1327). The second possibility is that the name is a Manx contraction of the Gaelic (Scots and Irish) MacAuley, itself coming from the Old Gaelic personal byname "Amhalghaidy" meaning "like unto a willow withe", or from MacAmhlaibh i...
Join the conversation with the CAWLEY tribe
- Find your CAWLEY ancestor
- Tell us about your CAWLEY Family
- Tell us about your CAWLEY ancestors
- Ask a question about the CAWLEY history
- Leave a message for CAWLEY family members
Invite more CAWLEY family members!
Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the CAWLEY tribe.
Family Coat of Arms Generator
Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?Create Crest
Discover about where the CAWLEY live around the world
Explore where tribe members live today!