The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Bowcitch family have grown. The name Bowcitch was given to a member of the family who was a proud or gaudy person. The surname Bowcitch is derived from the various Old English words pecok, pacok, pocok, pehen,
which all mean peacock.
Early Origins of the Bowcitch family
The surname Bowcitch was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Bowcitch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowcitch research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1604, 1691, 1585, 1585, 1591, 1591 and 1604 are included under the topic Early Bowcitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bowcitch Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bowcitch family name include Pocock, Pococke and others.
Early Notables of the Bowcitch family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir George Pocock; and Edward Pococke (1604-1691), an English Orientalist and biblical scholar. Born in Oxford, in a house near the Angel Inn... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowcitch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowcitch family to Ireland
Some of the Bowcitch family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowcitch family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bowcitch surname or a spelling variation of the name include : John Pocock, who arrived in New England
in 1661; Richard Pocock, who settled in Barbados in 1679; Christopher Pocock, who arrived in Barbados in 1679.
The Bowcitch 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: Regi regnoque fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to king and kingdom.