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Family name
Pronunciation /ˈkɒkrən/ Spelled Pronunciation kok-ruhn
Meaning Derives Cochrane in Scotland, meaning "red brook" (residential); Anglicisation of corcair, meaning "crimson"
Region of origin Western Scotland, Ulster
Language of origin [[Scottish Gaelic language|Scottish Gaelic]]
Related names Cochran, Cocrane, Cocran, Cochren, Cockram, Cockran, Cockren, Cochern, Colqueran, Coughran, Corcoran
Clan affiliations Clan Cochrane
Footnotes: Frequency Comparisons[1]

Cochrane is a surname with multiple independent origins, two Scottish and one Irish. One Scottish version originates from a place in Scotland, and both the Irish surname and the other Scottish surname are anglicisations for a Gaelic language surname.


Origin of the surname

The name Cochrane originates from a habitational name derived from the lands of Cochrane in Renfrewshire, near Glasgow. The derivation of the place name is uncertain. One possibility is that it is derived from the Welsh coch meaning "red"; however this theory is not supported by the early spelling of the name Coueran.[2] Early recorded bearers of the surname are Waldeve de Coueran in 1262; William de Coughran in 1296; and Robert de Cochrane in about 1360.[3]

In Scotland during the 18th century, the surname was used as a Lowland adaptation of the Scottish Gaelic Maceachrain.[4]

In Ireland the surname was adopted as an Anglicisation of the Irish Ó Corcráin.[5]


The surname is especially concentrated in England in the counties of Durham in the North of England and Kent in the south. In Scotland, Cochrane is found in high frequency in the counties of South Lanarkshire, West Lothian and in Renfrewshire. The surname is the 784th most common last name in the United Kingdom.[6] There are a number of spelling variations including Cochran, Cockren, and Coughran.

Together Scotland and England have the highest percentage of the Cochrane surname anywhere in the world. In Ireland, the surname Cochrane is especially concentrated in the northern province of Ulster where it was introduced by Protestant Scots settlers during the Plantation period of the 17th century. It was also adopted as an anglicisation by some Corcoran families.[7]

In Northern Ireland, the surname Cochrane is concentrated in the counties of Antrim, Londonderry, Down and Tyrone. James Cochrane, an Ulsterman, was a 19th century entrepreneur who helped the Northern Irish whiskey Bushmills and the Old Bushmills Distillery gain world wide popularity.

In the United States of America, the first Cochranes arrived amongst the Ulster-Scots immigrants to the British North American colonies of New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Some of the earliest Cochranes in the United States came from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, in the early 1700s after obtaining a land grant from the Governor of Massachusetts. Later Cochranes' would arrive from Scotland and England.


See also


  1. ^ British Surnames
  2. ^ "Cochrane Name Meaning and History". Retrieved 15 February 2009.  
  3. ^ Reaney, Percy Hilde; Wilson, Richard Middlewood (1991) (PDF). A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd ed.). London: Routledge. p. 695. ISBN 0-203-99355-1.  
  4. ^ Reaney, Percy Hilde; Wilson, Richard Middlewood (1991) (PDF). A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd ed.). London: Routledge. p. xlix. ISBN 0-203-99355-1.  
  5. ^ Neafsey, Edward (2002). The Surnames of Ireland: Origins and Numbers of Selected Irish Surnames. Irish Root Cafe. p. 36. ISBN 0-94013-497-7.  
  6. ^ Frequency of Cochrane surname in the UK
  7. ^ Neafsey, Edward (2002) [2002]. The Surnames of Ireland: Origins and Numbers of Selected Irish Surnames. Irish Root Cafe. pp. 36. ISBN 0-94013-497-7.  

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Cochrane [1] is a town in Northern Ontario.

  • Highway 11
  • be prepared that if there is an accident you cant go anywhere but sit in traffic until the road is re-opened.

By train

Ontario Northland Railway runs two trains that connect at Cochrane:

  • The Northlander to Toronto Union Station stopping at Matheson (with connecting bus to Iroquois Falls and Timmins), Swastika (with connecting bus to Kirkland Lake), Englehart, New Liskeard, Cobalt, Temagami, North Bay, South River, Huntsville, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, and Washago. Operates six days a week year round in both directions with no trains on Saturdays. Dining car service available. Provincial liquor laws prohibit the consumption of personal liquor aboard trains. Alcoholic beverages purchased on the train must be consumed where served.
  • The Polar Bear Express to Moosonee stopping at Clute, Fraserdale, Coral Rapids, Moose River, and any point on the line to pick up/drop off hikers, campers, canoeists, fishermen, outdoor adventurers, and locals. This is one of the few "flag stop" trains in operation in Canada. Operates five days a week year round. During the summer months, there is an additional train on Sundays. No train service on Saturdays or on Sundays during the rest of the year. There is a special canoe car that can hold up to 18 canoes. Canoeists are responsible for unloading and loading their own canoes. No reservations are required. Cost an additional $54 plus GST to train fare. Snack car service and a special family car are available year round. Summer trains also feature: full dining car service, a dome car, and an entertainment car with live music. In summer 2008, track conditions resulted the train running very late much of the time (2.5 hours by railway announcement).

Train station is located at 200 Railway Street. Open daily from 6:45AM to 11:00PM.

By bus

Ontario Northland bus service runs daily local service westbound to Hearst with connection in Driftwood to Timmins, Sudbury, Parry Sound, and Orillia; southbound to Toronto via Temiskaming Shores, North Bay, and Barrie. Special express shuttle to Hearst for the Northlander and to Iroquois Falls and Timmins for the Polar Bear Express. Bus service also operates from the train station (see above).

  • Tim Horton Events Centre. In honour of Cochrane's most famous native, Tim Horton, a hockey player who founded the Tim Hortons donut and coffee shop chain in Hamilton, Ontario in 1964.  edit
  • Tim Horton Museum. Still in the works.  edit
  • AKA there is nothing to do.
  • In the winter, Cochrane is famous for its world-class snowmobiling
  • Go drinking, sit at home, or go to work.
  • Shop at the Hart store, It is to Giant Tiger what Giant Tiger is to Wal-Mart.


J.R.`s Barbecue Ranch famous for ribs!

  • If you've never had ribs anywhere but in Northern Ontario
  • The Station Inn, 200B Railway Street P.O. Box 1926 (At the Ontario Northland train station), (705) 272-3500/1-800-265-2356 ext.3 (). 23 rooms equipped with: four-piece bath, cable TV, in-room coffee and tea, individually-controlled heat/AC, and high-speed wireless Internet. Amenities include: sauna, full-service restaurant, fax/photocopy service, and a meeting facility. Complimentary parking with plug-ins for cars and lock-up for snowmobiles.  edit


Ontera, formerly Ontario Northland Telecommunications, provides telecommunications services, including analog cellular Band B.

  • this is a map of the one road that you can use
Routes through Cochrane
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