This is a reminder to all males with the Cowing surname. Also any females who have contact with a male Cowing relative to join our project, as we need you.
I am a Cowings with roots in the NE of England! I am in communication with a few people who feel there is a very strong chance that Cowan, Cowen, Cowans, Cowins and Cowing/s are of the same ancestry.
I was speaking to a former language teacher and a Geordie from Co. Durham, England.
"The name changes on historical records from Cowan, Cowen, Cowin and Cowins constantly. We can't be sure what the original name was! Geordies pronounce the name as Cow'n, giving stress to the first vowel, the second vowel all but disappears. To confuse things even further, a family of Cowen members would be known as the Cow'ns. A family of Cowin or Cowing/s, members would also be known as the Cow'ns."
A strong geographical link with my ancestral line is Ryton, Co. Durham, England, although my DNA has strong connections with Cowan from Scotland and Northern Ireland. One family legend is that some 'Cowen' came from Lindisfarne in Northumberland - very close to Scotland. They fled the region due to the Jacobite Rebellion in 1715.
Why would my name be lengthened from Cowan to Cowings, who knows?
The only possible solution to this mystery is to come and join the project.