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Origine of last name

COWLEY : 1: English: habitational name from any of various places called Cowley. One in Gloucestershire is named with Old English cū ‘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 <a href="https://en.geneanet.org/surnames/Cove">Cove</a>) 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.2: Irish: shortened form of Macaulay (see <a href="https://en.geneanet.org/surnames/McCauley">McCauley</a>).3: 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 <a href="https://en.geneanet.org/surnames/Callow">Callow</a>.

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