Boward History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Boward belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in or near the village of Bowood, in the parish of Netherbury in Dorset.

Early Origins of the Boward family

The surname Boward was first found in Dorset, where the name is associated with the village of Bowood in the parish of Netherbury. In the Domesday Book survey of 1086 Bowood was recorded as lands held by the Bishop of Salisbury. [1]

Important Dates for the Boward family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boward research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1377 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Boward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boward Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Boward include Bowd, Bowood, Bowode, Bowed, Bowwd, Bowoode and many more.

Early Notables of the Boward family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Boward family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Boward were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: A. Bowde, who arrived in New Jersey in 1664.

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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