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The name Bowdish is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the settlement of Bowditch, an estate in the county of Dorset.

Bowdish Early Origins



The surname Bowdish was first found in Dorset, in southern England, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bowdish Spelling Variations


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Bowdish Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bowdish were recorded, including Bowditch, Bowdich, Bowdidge and others.

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Bowdish Early History


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Bowdish Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowdish research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1773, and 1838 are included under the topic Early Bowdish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowdish Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowdish Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowdish Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bowdish family emigrate to North America: Walter Bowditch arrived in Philadelphia in 1878; James Bowdidge settled in New England in 1774.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowdish (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowdish (post 1700)



  • Deanna Bowdish, American artist and gallery owner
  • Chuck Bowdish, American artist
  • Lynea Bowdish, American author
  • John Bowdish, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1843
  • Isaac W. Bowdish, American politician, U.S. Consul in Constantinople, 1856-57
  • Gamaliel Bowdish, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1847
  • Cyrus G. Bowdish, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from St. Joseph District, 1944
  • Dawn Bowdish, Canadian Assistant Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at the University of British Columbia

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bowdish Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowdish Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 29 January 2016 at 09:45.

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