The Irish surname Bowall comes from the Irish Gaelic O Baoighill, possibly derived from the earlier Irish word "baigell," which meant "having profitable pledges."
Early Origins of the Bowall family
The surname Bowall was first found in Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they were descended from King Maoldun Baoghal (meaning "peril") of the Heremon
line of Irish Kings.
Early History of the Bowall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowall research.Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1296, 1078, 1588, 1643, 1566, 1643, 1607, 1667, 1574, 1644, 1609, 1702, 1617, 1687, 1639, 1694, 1621, 1679, 1646, 1682, 1612, 1698, 1623 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Bowall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bowall Spelling Variations
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Bowall that are preserved in archival documents are Boyle, O'Boyle, Boghill, Hill, Boile, Baoghal, Baole and many more.
Early Notables of the Bowall family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, (1566-1643), an English settler in Ireland; The Lady Alice Boyle, Countess of Barrymore, (1607-1667) was the eldest daughter and second child of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork; Richard Boyle (c.1574-1644), Archbishop of Tuam; Michael Boyle... Another 88 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowall family to the New World and Oceana
left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families
suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia
or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence
. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Bowall name: Benjamin Boyle who settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; Christopher Boyle settled in Virginia in 1645; Bernard, Charles, Daniel, Dennis, Edward, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Joseph, Michael, Patrick, Richard, Robert, Thomas and William Boyle, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1820 and 1860. In Newfoundland, Joanna Boyle was married in St. John's in 1832.