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Where did the Scottish Bowdon family come from? What is the Scottish Bowdon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bowdon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bowdon family history?The roots of the Bowdon surname reach back to the language of the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Bowdon surname comes from someone having lived on the lands of Bowden, in Roxburghshire where the family held lands since the early Middle Ages.
Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Bowdon has been spelled Bowden, Bouden, Boulden, Bouldene, Bolden, Boldane, Boldan, Boden, Bodden and many more.
First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very early times, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were originally of Bodin in Normandy.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowdon research. Another 354 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Bowdon History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bowdon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bowdon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 95 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Bowdon:
Bowdon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The Bowdon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowdon 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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