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The surname Bowdren is probably derived from the Norman toponymic name de Boderan from the place name in County Wexford.

Bowdren Early Origins



The surname Bowdren was first found in Dublin (Irish: Áth Cliath) located on the east coast of Ireland in the province of Leinster, in the judiciary rolls of 1297 and 1299 which mention one William Boudran. There is a legend among one branch of the family that the name descends from a Swiss baker named Nicholas Bowdren, who was shipwrecked near Dungarvan in 1650. However, only a few years later, the name Bowdran was documented as being so numerous in County Waterford in a census of 1659, that it was classified as one of the principal Irish names.

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Bowdren Spelling Variations


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Bowdren Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bowdern, Bowdren, Bowdran, Boudran, Budran and others.

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Bowdren Early History


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Bowdren Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowdren research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1659 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Bowdren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowdren Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowdren Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bowdren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Bowdren, who was naturalized in Indiana between 1846 and 1850

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