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Bowlby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Bowlby is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Bowlby family once lived in Boltby near Whitby, in the county of Yorkshire.


Early Origins of the Bowlby family


The surname Bowlby was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire, at Boltby, a chapelry, in the parish of Felix-Kirk, union of Thirsk, wapentake of Birdforth. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Boltby dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Boltebi [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Boltr or Bolti" from the Viking personal name + "by." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

"It appears more natural to assume that Boulby and Bowlby are modifications, but my last entry from the Hundredorum Rolls suggests a separate and independent origin. " [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Adam de Bolteby, Yorkshire; Hugh de Bolteby, Yorkshire; Adam de Boltby, Northumberland; and William de Boleby, Buckinghamshire. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Yorkshire is very close to the Scottish border, so it is not surprising to find early records there too.

"William de Bolteby witnessed a confirmation charter by Patrick earl of Dunbar of a grant to the Abbey of Melrose c. 1230-31, and as de Boltevy witnessed a charter of lands to the Priory of Coldstream c. 1232. His name probably comes from Boltby in Yorkshire, in DB. Boltebi and Bolteby." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


Early History of the Bowlby family


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Bowlby Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bowlby family name include Boultby, Boultbee, Boultbie, Boltby, Bowlby and many more.

Early Notables of the Bowlby family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bowlby family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bowlby surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Bowlby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Bowlby, who settled in Philadelphia in 1808

Bowlby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adine Bowlby, aged 30, who settled in America from London, England, in 1905
  • George H. Bowlby, aged 38, who landed in America from London, England, in 1905
  • Herbert Bowlby, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Odina Bowlby, aged 35, who settled in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Richard F. Bowlby, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowlby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Richard Bowlby Jr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Richard Bowlby U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Thomas Bowlby U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Bowlby Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • G. H. Bowlby, aged 35, who settled in Ontario, in 1904
  • Margaret Edith Bowlby, aged 22, who settled in Windsor, Ont., Canada, in 1920
  • Andrew Douglas Bowlby, aged 59, who settled in Windsor, Ont., Canada, in 1920
  • Edith Ellen Bowlby, aged 56, who immigrated to Windsor, Ont., Canada, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Bowlby (post 1700)


  • April Bowlby (b. 1980), American actress, best known for her role as Stacy on Drop Dead Diva and Alan Harper's dim-witted ex-wife in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men
  • Thomas B. Bowlby, American Republican politician, Chair of Chemung County Republican Party, 1945 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • C. E. Bowlby, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1912 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Sir Richard Peregrine Longstaff Bowlby (b. 1941), 3rd Baronet, English peer
  • Sir Anthony Hugh Mostyn Bowlby (1906-1993), 2nd Baronet, English peer
  • Sir Anthony Bowlby (1855-1929), English physician, 1st Baronet Bowlby, surgeon to the King's Household, son of Thomas William Bowlby
  • Edward John Mostyn Bowlby (1907-1990), English psychologist, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst, notable for his interest in child development and for his pioneering work in attachment theory, son of Anthony Alfred Bowlby
  • Thomas William Bowlby (1818-1860), British correspondent to The Times, son of Thomas Bowlby, born at Gibraltar, a captain in the royal artillery [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019
  • John Bowlby (1907-1990), British developmental psychologist
  • Alan Bowlby Mollohan (b. 1943), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 1st District, 1983- [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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