The surname Bowater was first found in Middlesex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Important Dates for the Bowater family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowater research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Bowater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bowater Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bowater, Boewater, Bowatar, Boughwater and others.
Early Notables of the Bowater family (pre 1700)
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Bowater migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Bowater Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Bowater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Tho Bowater, who landed in Philadelphia, Pm in 1683 
Contemporary Notables of the name Bowater (post 1700)
Lt.-Col. Sir Ian Frank Bowater GBE, DSO, TD (1904-1982), English politician, Lord Mayor of London from 1969 to 1970
William Vansittart Bowater (1838-1907), English founder of Bowater Scott, now known as Rexam, one of the United Kingdom's largest packaging businesses
WV Bowater, English businessman, who began a paper merchant business in London, England in 1881, which would become the Bowater corporation of pulp and paper mills in North America
General Sir Edward Bowater (1787-1861), British lieutenant-general and colonel 49th foot from 1846, descended from a respectable Coventry family, members of which were established in London and at Woolwich during the 17th century 
Alexis Bowater (b. 1969), former British television journalist and presenter
Sir Euan David Vansittart Bowater (b. 1935), 3rd Baronet
Sir Noël Vansittart Bowater (1892-1984), 2nd Baronet
^ 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)
^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
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