An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2013
Where did the English Bowhay family come from? What is the English Bowhay family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bowhay family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bowhay family history?The name Bowhay was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bowhay family lived in Staffordshire, where they were lords of the manor Colton.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bowhay have been found, including Boughey, Buffie, Boffey, Buffey, Boughie, Boffie, Boghey and many more.
First found in Staffordshire where they were Lords of the Manor of Colton from very ancient times. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066, the village of Colton was held by Ascelin from tenant-in- chief Earl Roger. Conjecturally the Boughies are descended from this Norman noble. In similar speculations, some say there is a relationship between the early Bougheys and the great Lords Bohun, one of the signers of the Magna Carta and that the surname Boughey, Buffey, or Boffey was interchangeable with Bohun.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowhay research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1495, and 1590 are included under the topic Early Bowhay History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bowhay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bowhay were among those contributors:
Bowhay Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Nec quarere nec spernere honorem
Motto Translation: Neither to seek nor despise honor.
The Bowhay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowhay 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.
This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:21.
houseofnames.com is an internet property owned by Swyrich Corporation.