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Origins Available: Irish, Welsh
From the Celtic land of Wales came the name of Bowen. The Welsh name Bowen is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Owen, or Owein. The surname Bowen was originally ab-Owen: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ab" or "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.
The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Bowen have included Bowen, Bowne, Bowan, Bowin, Bowene, Bowane and many more.
First found in Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowen research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1761, 1797 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Bowen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 193 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bowen 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.
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bowen:
Bowen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Morris Bowen, who landed in Virginia in 1638
- Griffith Bowen, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639
- Sarah Bowen, who arrived in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1640
- Anna Bowen, who arrived in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1642
- Phillip Bowen, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
Bowen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Edwd Bowen, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702
- Peter Bowen, who landed in New England in 1716
- Lewis Bowen settled in Georgia in 1733
- James Bowen settled in Maryland in 1774
Bowen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Susanna Bowen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- N. W. Bowen settled in Providence Rhode Island in 1823
- Patrick Bowen, who arrived in New York in 1832
- Eli A Bowen, who landed in Texas in 1835
- Robert Bowen, who arrived in New York in 1835
Bowen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Saml Bowen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- John Bowen settled in St. John's in 1755
- Thos Bowen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
- Mr. Abraham Bowen U.E who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783
- Mr. Ansell Bowen U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783
Bowen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Bowen settled in Red Cliff Island (Bonavista) in 1851
Bowen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert George Bowen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
- Mary Ann Bowen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
- Charles Bowen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
- Ann Bowen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
- Robert Bowen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
Bowen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Michael Bowen, aged 27, a blacksmith, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
- Hannah Bowen, aged 28, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
- David Bowen, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
- David Bowen, aged 32, a blacksmith, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
- Robert Bowen, aged 33, a mechanic, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
- Rooney L. Bowen Jr. (1933-2016), American politician, Member of the Georgia State Senate (1980-2004)
- Miss Grace Scott Bowen, aged 45, American First Class passenger from Cooperstown, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
- Major-General Frank Sayles Jr. Bowen (1905-1976), American Commanding General XII Corps (1958-1960)
- Brigadier-General Charles Francis Bowen (1889-1977), American Adjutant-General of New Hampshire (1939-1947)
- Captain Stephen G. Bowen (b. 1964), NASA Astronaut with over 27 days in space and the first to ever fly on two consecutive missions (STS-132 and STS-133)
- Ira Sprague Bowen (1898-1973), American astronomer who served as director of both the Mount Wilson Observatory and the Palomar Observatory
- Dr. Otis Ray Bowen (1918-2013), American politician and physician, Governor of Indiana (1972-1980)
- Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973), American writer of semi fictional biographies and winner of the National Book Award in 1958
- Andrea Lauren Bowen (b. 1990), Award-winning American actress
- Mr. David John "Dai" Bowen (d. 1912), aged 26, Welsh Third Class passenger from Treherbert, Glamorgan who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- Bowens of Virginia and Tennessee: Descendants of John Bowen and Lily McIlhaney by Jamie Ault Grady.
- Ancestry and Descendants (including the Bowen Family) of Isaac Applin Sheppard and Caroline Mary Holmes, His Wife by Walter Lee Sheppard.
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: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
The Bowen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowen 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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