Bowden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Bowden surname is derived from one of several places names; such as Bowden in Derbyshire and Bowdon in Cheshire. The place names are thought to derive from the Old English words "boga," or "bow" and "dùn," or "hill;" thus, a curved hill.

However, two sources point to a Norman origin. The first states: "They have a tradition that they are of Norman descent, and that the name was originally Bodin" [1] and the second notes "Petrus Bodin occurs in Normandy, 12th century." [2]

Early Origins of the Bowden family

The surname Bowden was first found in Cheshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 point to a scattered early reference of the family: Bodin de Langehull, Oxfordshire; Boyedinus de Gaunt, Lincolnshire; Bodyn de Kant (London citizen); and Walter Bodin, Oxfordshire. [3]

Important Dates for the Bowden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowden research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1296, 1279, 1333 and are included under the topic Early Bowden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bowden Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bowden, Bouden, Boulden, Boden, Bodden, Bodin and others.

Early Notables of the Bowden family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bowden family to Ireland

Some of the Bowden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bowden migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bowden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ambrose Bowden who settled in Maine in 1620
  • Michaell Bowden, aged 27, who landed in St Christopher in 1633 [4]
  • Michael Bowden, aged 27, who landed in St Christopher in 1633 [4]
  • Joan Bowden, aged 24, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Philip Bowden, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bowden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Bowden, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [4]
Bowden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Bowden, who arrived in America in 1810 [4]
  • William Bowden, aged 56, who landed in America in 1821 [4]
  • Margaret Bowden, aged 45, who arrived in America in 1821 [4]
  • Alexander Bowden, aged 24, who arrived in America in 1821 [4]
  • John Bowden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowden migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bowden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Bowden, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Edward Bowden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • John Bowden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Bowden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Bowden, aged 32, a gentleman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • George Bowden, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Mr. Joseph Bowden, (b. 1832), aged 23, English labourer, from South Molton, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he survived the sinking [5]

Bowden migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bowden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Bowden, a glazier, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Hugh Bowden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [6]
  • Elizabeth Bowden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [6]
  • John Bowden, aged 40, a dairy manager, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [7]
  • Agnes Bowden, aged 38, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowden migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bowden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Bowden, who landed in Stoke's Valley, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mrs. Bowden, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bandicoot" arriving in New Zealand in 1846 [8]
  • Child Bowden, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bandicoot" arriving in New Zealand in 1846 [8]
  • Mrs. Bowden, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bandicoot" arriving in New Zealand in 1846 [8]
  • Child Bowden, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bandicoot" arriving in New Zealand in 1846 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowden (post 1700)

  • Jim Bowden, American SCUBA diver, and an elite technical diver, one of only eight people who have dived below a depth of 800 feet
  • Blake Sperry Bowden (b. 1967), American psychologist, playwright, and actor
  • Lemuel Jackson Bowden (1815-1864), American lawyer and politician, mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia (1862-1863) and US Senator
  • Henry Bowden, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1932 [9]
  • George Edwin Bowden (1852-1908), American Republican politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1881; U.S. Representative from Virginia 2nd District, 1887-91; Member of Republican National Committee from Virginia, 1896 [9]
  • Francis C. Bowden, American politician, Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, 1946-48 [9]
  • F. Judson Bowden, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1952 [9]
  • Daniel V. Bowden, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 2000 [9]
  • D. P. Bowden, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 19th District, 1913-14 [9]
  • Charles L. Bowden, American politician, Mayor of Macon, Georgia, 1938-47 [9]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Bowden family

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Laurence Bowden (1922-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Eric Sidney James Bowden, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Reginald Charles Bettis Bowden (1915-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
RMS Lusitania

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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