Bouwer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bouwer family

The surname Bouwer was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Bouwer family

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Bouwer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bouwer, Bouwere, Bouwerr, Bouwers, Bouweres, Bouwerrs, Bouweer, Bouwert, Bouwerts, Bouwertes, van Bouwer and many more.

Early Notables of the Bouwer family (pre 1700)

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United States Bouwer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bouwer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Kristiaan Bouwer, his wife and child, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Elias Bouwer, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Kristiaan Bouwer, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Tomas Bouwer, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Johan Nichs Bouwer, aged 21, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bouwer (post 1700) +

  • Albertha Magdalena "Alba" Bouwer (1920-2010), South African writing journalist and author, eponym of the Alba Bouwer Prize
  • Marc Bouwer, American fashion designer, in New York


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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