The ancient history of the Bowdridge name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the settlement of Bowditch,
an estate in the county of Dorset.
Early Origins of the Bowdridge family
The surname Bowdridge was first found in Dorset
, in southern England
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bowdridge family
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Bowdridge Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bowdridge include Bowditch, Bowdich, Bowdidge and others.
Early Notables of the Bowdridge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bowdridge family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bowdridge or a variant listed above: Walter Bowditch arrived in Philadelphia in 1878; James Bowdidge settled in New England