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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cowboy

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cow"boy`
  1. A cattle herder; a drover; specifically, one of an adventurous class of herders and drovers on the plains of the Western and Southwestern United States.
  2. One of the marauders who, in the Revolutionary War infested the neutral ground between the American and British lines, and committed depredations on the Americans.
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  1. A hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
  2. Someone who is reckless or irresponsible (especially in driving vehicles)
  3. A performer who gives exhibitions of riding and roping and bulldogging

cow +‎ boy

  1. A man who tends free-range cattle, especially in the American West.
  2. A man who identifies with cowboy culture, including wearing a cowboy hat and being a fan of country and western music.
  3. (informal) A person who engages in reckless behavior, especially for the purpose of showing off.
  4. (Britain, informal) A dishonest and/or incompetent independent tradesman.
  5. (card games, slang) A playing card of king rank.

cowboy was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, French, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Cowboy

Cowboy Copas was a country music and honky-tonk singer-songwriter. He plays Acoustic guitar. He was most prominent from 1925 to 1963. Cowboy was given the name Lloyd Estel Copas on July 15th, 1913 in Blue Creek, Ohio. Cowboy is also known as Cowboy Copas. He passed away on March 5th, 1963.


Cowboy Troy is a country rap musician. He plays Vocals. He has been prominent since 2001. Cowboy was given the name Troy Lee Coleman III on December 18th, 1970.



Cowboy was born on August 28th, 1950 in Saskatchewan. Cowboy is also known as Lang and Harry (real name). He passed away on January 4th, 2007.


Cowboy was given the name James William Moore on September 14th, 1910 in Troup County, Georgia. Cowboy is also known as Moore, "Cowboy" Jimmy; Moore, Cowboy Jimmy; Moore, and James William. He left this life on November 17th, 1999.


Cowboy Morgan Evans was a rancher, roughneck, oilman, rodeo bull rider, 1928 world champion bulldogger, ranch, rodeo, steer wrestling, and rodeobull riderand 1928 world championbulldogger. Cowboy was born on February 19th, 1903 in Archer County, Texas, U.S. He breathed his last breath on April 15th, 1969.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Cowboy

Naked Cowboy is an actor, singer, songwriter, writer, and former political candidate. He was most prominent from 1998 to present. Naked was given the name Robert John Burck on December 23rd, 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.


Legendary Stardust Cowboy is a psychobilly, rockabilly, and outsider music musician. He plays Guitar, Dobro, Bugle, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1968. Legendary was given the name Norman Carl Odam on September 5th, 1947 in Lubbock, Texas, U.S.


Space Cowboy is an electronica, house music, big beat, and hip hop music record producer, disc jockey, and songwriter. He was most active from 1992 to 2009. Space was given the name Nicolas Jean-Pierre Dresti on March 5th, 1975 in Nogent-sur-Seine, France. Space is also known as DJ Supreme, DJ Chrome, Kings of Rhythm, Loop Da Loop, Mission Accomplished, Nicky Fabulous, Vibes, and Vibes (2).


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Popularity of Cowboy as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cowboy U.S.
  White 2.56% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 91.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cowboy

People with the last name Cowboy are most frequently American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Cowboy

  • How Popular is the name Cowboy? As a last name Cowboy was the 93,921st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Cowboy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cowboy is Friday, July 15th, 1904.
  • How unique is the name Cowboy? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cowboy. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Cowboy: Your name in reverse order is Yobwoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cwbyoo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cowboy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 195 people with the last name Cowboy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cowboy? Cowboy is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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