Cough


Cough
This unusual surname has two possible origin, the first being that it is of Cornish origin and a nickname surname for a red haired person or one with a particularly ruddy complexion, derived from the Cornish "cough", the Welsh "coch" meaning red. The creation of surnames from nicknames was a common practice in the Middle Ages, and many modern day surnames derive from medieval nicknames referring to personal characteristics. The name is numerous in Cornwall, with an early recording of one Dority Cowch who was christened on January 6th 1568 at Botus Fleming, and a slightly later record of the marriage of Elizabeth Couch and Thomas Gatty on October 5th 1573 at St. Sampson or Golant. However Couch may also derive from the Middle English "couche", bed and would then be a metonymic occupational name for a maker of beds, bedding and couches, specifically an upholsterer, or even a nickname for a indolent person. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Simon Couch, which was dated 1279, in the "Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Cough — A young boy coughing due to pertussis (Whooping Cough). ICD 10 R05 ICD …   Wikipedia

  • Cough — Cough, n. [Cg. D. kuch. See {Cough}, v. i. ] 1. A sudden, noisy, and violent expulsion of air from the chest, caused by irritation in the air passages, or by the reflex action of nervous or gastric disorder, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. The more or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cough — Cough, v. t. 1. To expel from the lungs or air passages by coughing; followed by up; as, to cough up phlegm. [1913 Webster] 2. To bring to a specified state by coughing; as, he coughed himself hoarse. [1913 Webster] {To cough down}, to silence or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cough — (k?f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Coughed} (k?ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Coughing}.] [Cf. D. kuchen, MHG. k?chen to breathe, G. keuchen to pant, and E. chincough, the first part of which is prob. akin to cough; cf. also E. choke.] To expel air, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cough — [kɒf ǁ kɒːf] verb cough something → up phrasal verb [intransitive, transitive] informal to pay money unwillingly: • Grumman finally coughed up $40 million in settlement of the legal claims against it. • We ll get a new TV as soon as the insurance …   Financial and business terms

  • cough up — (something) 1. to allow an opponent to take the lead in a competition. Sele got a 3 0 lead in the second inning but then coughed it up in the third. 2. to pay money unwillingly. I had to cough up $35 for administration fees. Martinez s lawyers… …   New idioms dictionary

  • cough — [kôf] vi. [ME coughen, akin to MDu cuchen, to cough, Ger keuchen, to gasp] 1. to expel air suddenly and noisily from the lungs through the glottis, either as the result of an involuntary muscular spasm in the throat or to clear the air passages 2 …   English World dictionary

  • cough — [n] expelled air with sound ahem, bark, cold, croup, frog in throat*, hack, hem, tickle in throat*, whoop; concepts 65,316 cough [v] expelling air with sound bark, choke, clear throat, convulse, expectorate, hack, hawk, hem, spit up, vomit,… …   New thesaurus

  • cough — ► VERB 1) expel air from the lungs with a sudden sharp sound. 2) (of an engine) make a sudden harsh noise. 3) (cough up) informal give (something, especially money) reluctantly. 4) Brit. informal reveal information; confess. ► NOUN 1) a …   English terms dictionary

  • cough — (v.) early 14c., coughen, probably in O.E., but not recorded, from P.Gmc. *kokh (with the rough kh of German or of Scottish loch; Cf. M.Du. kochen, M.H.G. kuchen). Onomatopoeic. Related: Coughed; coughing. As a noun from c.1300 …   Etymology dictionary

  • cough — cough1 [ kaf ] verb * 1. ) intransitive to force air up through your throat with a sudden noise, especially when you have a cold or when you want to get someone s attention: My chest felt painful, and I was coughing uncontrollably. a ) cough or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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