The Cockburn family, also spelled “Coburn” or “Cockburne,” is an ancient Scottish family with a long and distinguished history. The Cockburn family traces its origins to the Scottish Borders region, particularly in Berwickshire. The name “Cockburn” is believed to have derived from the Old English words “cocc” meaning “rooster” and “burna” meaning “stream.” The family likely took their name from the Cockburn Water, a river in the Borders area. The Cockburn family held lands and estates in various parts of Scotland, including the Borders, Lothians, and Angus. They were part of the landed gentry and played important roles in local affairs. The family established themselves as prominent landowners, judges, and administrators.