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Where did the Scottish Bowie family come from? What is the Scottish Bowie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bowie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bowie family history?In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the name Bowie lived in the Kingdom of Dalriada. In those days the name Bowie was used to indicate a person who person with fair hair. The surname Bowie is derived from the Gaelic word buidhe, which was used to describe a person with blonde hair. The surname Bowie is also derived from the Scottish Gaelic personal name Bowen, which refers to the son of Owen.
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Bowie has appeared as Bowie, Bowey, Bowy, Bouwie, Bouwey, Bouwy, Bouwy, Bawie, Bawey and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowie research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowie History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bowie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bowie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 118 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Bowie or a variant listed above include:
Bowie Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Bowie 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: Coelestia seqor
Motto Translation: I follow heavenly things.
The Bowie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowie 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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