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Bowdler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Bowdler family


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

Early History of the Bowdler family


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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.

Early Notables of the Bowdler family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bowdler family to the New World and Oceana


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, who 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 [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)

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 [2]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

Contemporary Notables of the name Bowdler (post 1700)


  • James Calloway "Cal" Bowdler (b. 1977), American professional (NBA) basketball player
  • William Garton Bowdler (b. 1924), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, 1968; Guatamala, 1971-73; South Africa, 1975-78 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Michael D. Bowdler, American politician, Mayor of River Rouge, Michigan, 2005- [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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
  • George Bowdler Buckton (1818-1905), English entomologist, best known for his study of aphids
  • Richard Bowdler Sharpe (1847-1909), English zoologist

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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. ^ 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
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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