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Where did the English Fowler family come from? What is the English Fowler family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fowler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fowler family history?

Fowler is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a person who worked as the fowler or the bird-catcher having derived from the Old English word "fugelere" which literally means "hunter of wild birds, fowler" [1]


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Fowler include Fowler, Fouler, Fowlers, Fouler, Fowlar, Folar, Fouller, Fowlare, Foweller, Fowaller, Foulier, Foullar, Foular and many more.

First found in Wiltshire where one of the first records of the name was John the Foeglere who was listed in the Hundred Rolls of 1273. A few years later William le Foggheler and Henry le Fogheler were both listed in Somerset during the reign of King Edward III. By the time of the Yorkshire Poll Tax in 1379, Ricardus Foghler and Rogerus Foghler were both listed in Yorkshire. [2] Fawler is a hamlet and civil parish in the valley of the River Evenlode in Oxfordshire. It dates back to 1205 when it was first listed as Fauflor and probably meant "variegated floor" as in "tessellated pavement" from the Old English words fag + flor. [3]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fowler research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1270, 1358, 1451, 1685, 1610, 1678, 1662, 1590, 1560, 1612, 1632, 1714, 1691, 1714, 1693, 1756 and are included under the topic Early Fowler History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 147 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fowler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Fowler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Fowler were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Fowler Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Margrett Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • John Fowler who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Widow Fowler, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Philip Fowler, who landed in America in 1633
  • Phillip Fowler, who arrived in New England in 1633

Fowler Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Rachel] Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Toby Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Jane Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Jas Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1709
  • Bartho Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1711

Fowler Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Roth Fowler, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Ignatius Fowler, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • Mr. Fowler, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • D B Fowler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • A Fowler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • William Alfred Fowler (1911-1995), American astrophysicist awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Henry Hammill Fowler (1908-2000), American lawyer and politician
  • Jim Fowler (b. 1930), American professional zoologist and former host of the Emmy Award-winning television show Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
  • Joseph S. Fowler (1820-1902), American national politician
  • Thomas Weldon Fowler (1921-1944), United States Army officer, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Robert George Fowler (1884-1966), American aviation pioneer
  • Brigadier-General Raymond Foster Fowler (1884-1949), American Division Engineer, South Atlantic Division (1943-1946)
  • Francis George Fowler (1871-1918), co-author of "The King's English"
  • Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler (1860-1929), English author
  • Sir John Fowler (1817-1898), 1st Baronet, English railway engineer



  • Immigrated to Tennessee: Chronicles of a Fowler Family by Jane Cook Hollis.
  • Palmer, Fowler Genealogies.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sapiens qui vigilat
Motto Translation: He is wise who watches


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  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Fowler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fowler Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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