Bouwmeester History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Bouwmeester is derived from the Middle High German word "bur," meaning 'a small dwelling or building'. The word came to mean 'neighbor' or 'fellow citizen.' Alternatively, the word "boer" could have been derived from the Dutch word for 'farmer.' The prefix "de" denotes 'of' or 'the' and was often used to confirm a clan-like relationship in the family.
Early Origins of the Bouwmeester family
The surname Bouwmeester was first found in the Netherlands.
Early History of the Bouwmeester family
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Bouwmeester Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: DeBeor, Debeer, De Beer, De Boer and others.
Early Notables of the Bouwmeester family (pre 1700)
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In Netherlands, the name Bouwmeester is the 283rd most popular surname with an estimated 5,125 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bouwmeester Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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: Pro Deo, Rege et Patria
Motto Translation: For our God, our King, and country.