The name Bawyear is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a maker or trader of bows.
Early Origins of the Bawyear family
The surname Bawyear was first found in Buckinghamshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bawyear family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bawyear research.Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1641, 1614, 1641, 1613, 1681, 1660, 1679, 1623, 1666, 1612, 1679, 1659, 1679, 1653, 1691, 1699, 1777, 1761, 1767, 1649, 1642, 1644 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Bawyear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bawyear 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 Bawyear family name include Bowyer, Bowyers, Bowyere, Bowyear and others.
Early Notables of the Bawyear family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Bowyer, Lord Mayor of London; Sir William Bowyer (c 1588-1641), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1614 and 1641; Sir Edmund Bowyer (1613-1681), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1679; and... Another 112 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bawyear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bawyear family to Ireland
Some of the Bawyear family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bawyear family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, 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. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Bawyear or a variant listed above: Daniel Bowyer who settled in Virginia in 1635; Arthur Bowyer settled in west New Jersey in 1654 with his wife Grace; Henry Bowyer settled in Virginia in 1653.
The Bawyear Motto
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: Contentment passe richesse
Motto Translation: Contentment surpasses riches.