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The many generations and branches of the Bowdler family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a worker in iron, or a bowdler. Bowdler was originally derived from the older term, buddler. The word buddle, used in the north of England, meant to cleanse ore, and a vessel made for this purpose shaped like a shallow tumbrel was called a buddle.

Bowdler Early Origins



The surname Bowdler was first found in Shropshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bowdler Spelling Variations


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Bowdler 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 Bowdler were recorded, including Bowdler, Bowdlar, Boudler, Boudlar, Bowdless and many more.

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Bowdler Early History


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Bowdler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowdler research. Another 244 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1754, 1818, and 1825 are included under the topic Early Bowdler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowdler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowdler Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowdler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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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 Bowdler family emigrate to North America:

Bowdler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Bowdler who settled in New York in 1678
  • Elinor Bowdler settled in Barbados in 1679 with servants

Bowdler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Bowdler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Bowdler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Bowdler, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowdler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowdler (post 1700)



  • William Garton Bowdler (b. 1924), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, 1968; Guatamala, 1971-73; South Africa, 1975-78
  • Michael D. Bowdler, American politician, Mayor of River Rouge, Michigan, 2005-
  • James Calloway "Cal" Bowdler (b. 1977), American professional (NBA) basketball player
  • Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), English physician, philanthropist, and man of letters, eponym of the expression: 'to Bowdlerise'
  • Ernie Bowdler (1872-1921), Shrewsbury Town F. C. and Wales international footballer
  • Lonza Bowdler (b. 1901), Welsh international rugby player

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821

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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Bowdler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowdler 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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