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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Bowditch surname lived in the settlement of Bowditch, an estate in the county of Dorset.

Bowditch Early Origins



The surname Bowditch 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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Bowditch Spelling Variations


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Bowditch Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bowditch are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bowditch include: Bowditch, Bowdich, Bowdidge and others.

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Bowditch Early History


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Bowditch Early History



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

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Bowditch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowditch Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bowditch or a variant listed above:

Bowditch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bowditch, who landed in New England in 1677 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Bowditch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Walter Bowditch, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1878

Bowditch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Bowditch, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowditch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowditch (post 1700)



  • Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838), early American mathematician, known for his book The New American Practical Navigator (1802) which is still carried on board every commissioned U.S. Naval vessel, eponym of numerous ships including the USCS Bowditch, USS Bowditch (AG-30), USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21) and the USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62)
  • James Bowditch (1904-1978), United States Army Corporal
  • Henry Pickering Bowditch (1840-1911), American professor of physiology at Harvard University Medical School, and a founding member of the Society for Psychical Research, London
  • Henry Ingersoll Bowditch (1808-1892), American physician, antislavery crusader, who established the first board of health in Massachusetts
  • Sherwood Hornsby Bowditch (b. 1976), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2004 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Ben Bowditch (b. 1984), English football midfielder
  • Dean Peter Bowditch (b. 1986), English footballer
  • Steven Bowditch (b. 1983), Australian professional PGA golfer
  • Clare Bowditch (b. 1975), Australian musician, writer, coach and occasional actor from Melbourne, Victoria
  • Brian Hayward Bowditch (b. 1961), British mathematician

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. 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).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Bowditch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowditch 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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