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Fowler is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a person who worked as the fowler or the bird-catcher having derived from the Old English word "fugelere" which literally means "hunter of wild birds, fowler" [1]

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The surname Fowler was first found in Wiltshire where one of the first records of the name was John the Foeglere who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. A few years later William le Foggheler and Henry le Fogheler were both listed in Somerset during the reign of King Edward III. By the time of the Yorkshire Poll Tax in 1379, Ricardus Foghler and Rogerus Foghler were both listed in Yorkshire. [2] Fawler is a hamlet and civil parish in the valley of the River Evenlode in Oxfordshire. It dates back to 1205 when it was first listed as Fauflor and probably meant "variegated floor" as in "tessellated pavement" from the Old English words fag + flor. [3]

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Fowler include Fowler, Fouler, Fowlers, Fouler, Fowlar, Folar, Fouller, Fowlare, Foweller, Fowaller, Foulier, Foullar, Foular and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fowler research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1270, 1358, 1451, 1685, 1610, 1678, 1662, 1590, 1560, 1612, 1632, 1714, 1691, 1714, 1693, 1756, 1555 and 1585 are included under the topic Early Fowler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 147 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fowler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Fowler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Fowler were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Fowler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Margrett Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • John Fowler who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Widow Fowler, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Philip Fowler, who landed in America in 1633
  • Phillip Fowler, who arrived in New England in 1633


Fowler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Rachel] Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Toby Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Jane Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Jas Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1709
  • Bartho Fowler, who landed in Virginia in 1711


Fowler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Roth Fowler, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Ignatius Fowler, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • Mr. Fowler, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • D B Fowler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • A Fowler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


Fowler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Eliza Fowler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Weeden Fowler U.E. (b. 1760) born in New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783, resettled in Hammond, Kings County, New Brunswick he died in 1791 married with 1 child
  • Mr. John Fowler U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a passenger on the Union Transport from New York
  • Mr. Henry Fowler U.E. (b. 1756) who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21s, 1783 from New York, to Saint John River, he died in 1843
  • Mr. James Fowler U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784


Fowler Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Joanna Fowler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Orchard J Fowler, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • John Fowler, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork
  • Jane Fowler, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork
  • James Fowler arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834


Fowler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Fowler, English convict from Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Henry Fowler arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
  • Rebecca Fowler arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
  • Mary Fowler arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839
  • Frederick Fowler arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840


Fowler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Fowler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Fowler, aged 30, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Priscilla Fowler, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • John Fowler, aged 39, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Mary Fowler, aged 34, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843


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  • James W. Fowler III (1940-2015), American theologian, Professor of Theology and Human Development at Emory University
  • Ms Carmen Linda Fowler, American from San Diego, California, USA, aged 36, who worked aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • Brigadier-General Raymond Foster Fowler (1884-1949), American Division Engineer, South Atlantic Division (1943-1946)
  • Hiram Robert Fowler (1851-1926), American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1893-95; Member of Illinois State Senate, 1900-04; U.S. Representative from Illinois 24th District, 1911-15
  • Irving N. Fowler, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Middlefield; Elected 1920
  • Isaac Vanderbeck Fowler (1818-1869), American Democrat politician, Postmaster at New York City, New York, 1853-60; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1860
  • J. D. Fowler, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1904
  • J. Samuel Fowler, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chautauqua County 1st District, 1899-1903; Member of New York State Senate 51st District, 1918-20
  • J. V. D. B. Fowler, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 9th District, 1850
  • James Fowler, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Treutlen County, 1935-40

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  • Immigrated to Tennessee: Chronicles of a Fowler Family by Jane Cook Hollis.
  • Palmer, Fowler Genealogies.
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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: Sapiens qui vigilat
Motto Translation: He is wise who watches

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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Fowler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fowler 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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