Bowells History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious surname Bowells came to Britain with the Norman invasion of 1066. It is thought that the surname originated in Beauzeville, France, and that Elias de Boesevilla of this region was the first Norman settler to Britain. Many of these Norman families moved north, into Scotland in the period following the Norman Conquest of England.

Early Origins of the Bowells family

The surname Bowells was first found in Yorkshire, where Sir Ralph Boswell of Guntwaite, a descendant of Elias de Boesevilla, the first settler from Normandy, held lands. In the 12th century Sir Ralph lost his Yorkshire estates to the Earls of Warenne. The family moved north to Scotland at the invitation of David, Earl of Huntingdon, where they settled in Berwickshire at Edenham.

Important Dates for the Bowells family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowells research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1740, 1795, 1572, 1698, 1756, 1698 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Bowells History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bowells Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Boswell, Boswall, Boseville, Boswald, Bosswald, Bosville, Boeseille, Bosvile, Bovill, Bowelle and many more.

Early Notables of the Bowells family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Macdonald Bosville of Sleat, Chief of the MacDonalds; and James Boswell (1740-1795), famous biographer of "The Life of Dr. Johnson," the great lexicographer. John Bossewell ( fl. 1572), was an English "heraldic writer, was, according to his own statement, a northern man, and probably a...
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Migration of the Bowells family to Ireland

Some of the Bowells family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bowells migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bowells Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Bowells, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1640 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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