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The name Bowdoin originated during the Dark Ages in France, in that southern region known as Languedoc. This family name is derived from the Germanic personal name Baldwin, which is composed of the elements bald, which means bold or brave and wine, which means friend.

Bowdoin Early Origins



The surname Bowdoin was first found in Brittany where the family held a family seat from ancient times.

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Bowdoin Spelling Variations


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Bowdoin Spelling Variations



Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Bowdoin, including Beaudoin, Beaudoins, Beaudouin, Beauduin, Beauduoin, Beaudiun, Beauddoin, Beauddoins, Beauddouin, Beaudduin, Beaudduoin, Beauddiun, Bodoin, Bodoins, Bodouin, Boduin, Boduoin, Bodiun, Boddoin, Boddoyn, Boddoins, Boddouin, Bodduin, Bodduoin, Boddiun, Baudoin, Baudoins, Baudouin, Bauduoin, Baudiun, Bauddoin, Bauddoins, Bauddouin, Baudduin, Baudduoin, Bauddiun, Beudoin, Beudoins, Beudouin, Beuduin, Beuduoin, Beudiun, Beuddoin, Beuddoins and many more.

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Bowdoin Early History


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Bowdoin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowdoin research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1490, 1542, 1571, 1696, and 1710 are included under the topic Early Bowdoin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowdoin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowdoin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst this name at this time was Jean Baudoin (1662-1698), born in Nantes, France, he was ordained a priest in 1685 and traveled to New France in 1687 where he was pastor of Beaubassin in 1689. Gervais Baudouin ( c. 1645 - 1700) was a French surgeon who emigrated to New...

Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowdoin 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



Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Bowdoin were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bowdoin were

Bowdoin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Pierre Bowdoin, who arrived in Maine in 1686

Bowdoin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Bowdoin settled in New Orleans in 1822

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowdoin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowdoin (post 1700)



  • James Bowdoin II (1726-1790), American political and intellectual leader from Boston, 2nd Governor of Massachusetts (1785-1787), he collaborated with Benjamin Franklin in his pioneering research on electricity, eponym of Bowdoin College, Maine
  • Temple Bowdoin (1863-1914), American associate of J.P. Morgan & Company who was elected a member of the New York Stock Exchange in 1909
  • Jim Bowdoin (1904-1969), American NFL football player who played from 1928 to 1933
  • James III Bowdoin (1752-1811), American politician, Member of Massachusetts State Legislature, 1776-77; Delegate to Massachusetts State Constitutional Convention, 1779-80
  • James Bowdoin (1726-1790), American politician, Delegate to Massachusetts State Constitutional Convention, 1779-80; Governor of Massachusetts, 1785-87; Delegate to Massachusetts convention to ratify U.S. constitution, 1788
  • J. W. Bowdoin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1912
  • J. P. Bowdoin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1908
  • E. G. Bowdoin, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1860

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ubi crux, Ibi patria
Motto Translation: Where there is a cross, there is a country.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
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    The Bowdoin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowdoin 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.

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