Bawowdale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bawowdale is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Cumberland, where they derived their name from the village of Borrowdale, in the parish of Crosthwaite, often called often called Grange in Borrowdale. The village dates back to at least c. 1170 when it was listed as Borgordale and meant "valley of the fort river" derived from the Old Scandinavian word "berg" + "by." [1]

Early Origins of the Bawowdale family

The surname Bawowdale was first found in Cumberland, but there is another Borrowdale located in the old County of Westmorland that is often called Westmorland Borrowdale to distinguish the difference of the two locations. This latter reference is of lesser importance historically to the surname.

Early History of the Bawowdale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bawowdale research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1433, 1483, 1547, 1596, 1602, 1684 and 1785 are included under the topic Early Bawowdale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bawowdale Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bawowdale are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Bawowdale include: Borradaile, Borrowdale, Borowdale, Borowdall, Borodall, Barrodall and many more.

Early Notables of the Bawowdale family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bawowdale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bawowdale family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bawowdale or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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