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COWDEN Family History

This interesting surname found in Northern England and Northern Ireland is a dialectal variant of "Cowden", a place in Kent, Northumberland and Yorkshire. The place in Kent, appearing as "Cudena" in Textus Roffensis (circa 1100) derives from the Old English pre 7th Century words "cu", cow, and "Colden" in the Charter Rolls (1286), means "valley where charcoal was burnt, from the elements "col", the old English word for (char)coal" and "denu", valley. The last place in Yorkshire, called "Col(e)dun" in the Domesday Book (1086), comes from the elements "col", charcoal, and "dun", hill, "the hill where charcoal was burnt".

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