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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Bowman, Boeman, Boyman, Boman and others.

First found in Westmorland and Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowman research. Another 251 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1223, 1279, 1328, 1500, 1621, 1704, 1660, 1733, 1784 and are included under the topic Early Bowman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Bowman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bowman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Nathaniel Bowman (1610-1682), one of the earliest settlers of the Massachusetts Bay colony is generally regarded as the first Bowman immigrant
  • Anna Bowman who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Nathaniel Bowman, who landed in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Richard Bowman, who landed in Maryland in 1640
  • Walter Bowman, who arrived in Virginia in 1643

Bowman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Bowman, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Saml Bowman, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Edwd Bowman, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Hans Dieterick Bowman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Daniel Bowman arrived in Philadelphia in 1727

Bowman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Bowman, who landed in Ohio in 1811
  • Susanna Bowman, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Roger Bowman, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • William Bowman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • John Frederick Bowman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844

Bowman Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Ann Bowman, who landed in Alabama in 1926


  • Isaiah Bowman (1878-1950), Canadian-born, American geographer, who taught geography at Yale (1905-15) and was director (1915-35) of the American Geographical Society
  • Karl M. Bowman (1888-1973), American pioneer in the study of psychiatry and president of the American Psychiatric Association from 1944 to 1946
  • Major-General Frank Otto Bowman (1896-1978), American Commandant US Army Training Center Fort Lenard Wood (1954-1956)
  • Brigadier-General Harwood Christian Bowman (1895-1962), American Brigadier-General
  • Don Bowman (1937-2013), American country music singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host
  • Alexander Hamilton Bowman (1803-1865), American engineer, military educator, and career officer in the United States Army, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York during the American Civil War
  • Alonzo Bowman (1848-1885), United States Army Sergeant during the Indian Wars, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Robert James "Bob" Bowman (1910-1972), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1939 through 1942
  • Joseph Lee "Joe" Bowman (1925-2009), American bootmaker and marksman called "The Straight Shooter", posthumously inducted into the Texas Heroes Hall of Honor
  • Lee Bowman (1914-1979), American film and television actor



  • Baumann/Bowman Family of the Mohaw, Susquehanna and Niagara Rivers by Marly Barton Penrose.
  • Before the Bowman Boys: Being the Known American Ancestry of Alan, John and Ruel Bowman by Jane Belknap Bowman.

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: Numine et arcu
Motto Translation: The bow by God's providence.


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