COWLAM from the place name Cowlam near Driffield, which, according to Ekwall (English Place Names) means something like ‘at (or near?) the hills’, from Old Norse kollr, ‘hill’. Cowlam was ‘Collum’ in 1110 (ibid.). Hugo de Collum held land at Brackenthorpe, East Riding, c. 1285, and Matthew de Collom held land at Helperthorpe, the parish adjoining Cowlam. ‘Adam de Collome, candeler’ was a freeman of York, 1333; William Collume was a governor of Beverley, 1406-7. Robert Cowlam was resident in Pocklington parish,1588. There were Cowlams in Hull in 1844.


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