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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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Migration of the Bouwmeester family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bouwmeester Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bastion Bouwmeester, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1921
  • Marinus H. Bouwmeester, aged 19, who arrived in America, in 1921
  • Meta Bouwmeester, aged 12, who arrived in America from Hoogeveen, Holland, in 1924
  • Hendrik Bouwmeester, aged 3, who arrived in America from Hoogeveen, Holland, in 1924
  • Jentje Bouwmeester, aged 38, who arrived in America from Hoogeveen, Holland, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Bouwmeester (post 1700)


  • Dirk "Dik" Bouwmeester (b. 1967), Dutch experimental physicist specializing in quantum optics and quantum information, awarded the 2014 Spinoza prize
  • Lea Theodora Bouwmeester (b. 1979), Dutch politician
  • Marit Bouwmeester (b. 1988), Dutch gold and two-time silver medalist sailor
  • Lily Geertruida Maria Henriëtte Bouwmeester (1901-1993), Dutch theater and film actress
  • Frans Bouwmeester (b. 1940), retired Dutch footballer who played from 1956 to 1971, member of the Netherlands National Team (1959-1968)
  • Jay Daniel Bouwmeester (b. 1983), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman playing for the St. Louis Blues

The Bouwmeester 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: Pro Deo, Rege et Patria
Motto Translation: For our God, our King, and country.


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