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

The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Bowersox. It is a name for someone who works as a maker of bows. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word bower, which means bow maker.

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Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Bowersox has been spelled Bower, Bowre, Bowyr, Bowers, Bowyer, Beauer and many more.

First found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Płballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat in the old manor of Bower in the parish of Drummelzier.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowersox research. Another 377 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1317, 1387, 1489, 1479, 1615, 1671 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Bowersox History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowersox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bowersox family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: Henry Bower who settled in Virginia in 1637; Robert Bower settled in Virginia in 1698; John Bowers settled in Virginia in 1663; Jonas Bowers settled in Virginia in 1637.

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  • Captain Kenneth D. Bowersox (b. 1956), former NASA Astronaut with over 211 days in space
  • John E. Bowersox (1885-1936), American stage and silent film actor
  • Crystal Bowersox (b. 1985), American singer-songwriter and contestant on American Idol


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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: Ad metam
Motto Translation: To the mark.

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The Bowersox Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowersox 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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