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The illustrious surname Bowe is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Bowe is a place-name from in the village of Bowes in Durham. The place and the surname both are derived from the Old English word bogas, which meant "bend in the river" The village was renamed Bogas in 1148.

Bowe Early Origins



The surname Bowe was first found in Durham where they held a family seat as the Lords of Streatham Castle. "The family of Bowes held some lands [in Ingleton] under the Nevills, who possessed the greater part of the township as a member of Raby." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
They were related to Alan Niger who was Duke of Brittany. His descendant Sir William Bowes was Captain of 500 archers and Governor of Bowes Castle, which was responsible for the defense of the Kingdom against the Scots. He was great, great grandfather of Sir Adam Bowes, Steward of Richmondshire, living in 1345.

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Bowe Spelling Variations


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Bowe Spelling Variations



Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Bows, Bow, Bowes, Bowe, Bough, Boughs and others.

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Bowe Early History


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Bowe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowe research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1424, 1749, 1800, 1389, 1465, 1466, 1657, 1707, 1679, 1685, 1695, 1698, 1702, 1707, 1691 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Bowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir William Bowes (1389- 1465); and his son, Sir William Bowes (died 1466), Sheriff of Northumberland; and Sir William Bowes (1657-1707), an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for County Durham (1679-1685), (1695-1698) and (1702-1707.) "Streatlam Castle, [in Streatlam, Durham] a...

Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowe In Ireland


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Bowe In Ireland



Some of the Bowe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bowe, or a variant listed above:

Bowe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Bowe settled in Maryland in 1716
  • James Bowe, who landed in Maryland in 1716
  • Sarah Bowe settled in Maryland in 1719

Bowe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C. Bowe settled in Texas in 1848
  • Jacob Bowe, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J Bowe, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856
  • Edward Bowe settled in Philadelphia in 1868

Bowe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Bowe, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • Margaret Bowe, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • Mary Bowe, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget"

Bowe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • T. Bowe arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Buttermere" in 1886

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowe (post 1700)



  • Riddick Lamont Bowe (b. 1967), American boxer, two-time World Heavyweight Champion
  • Dwayne Lorenzo Bowe (b. 1984), American NFL football wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Rosemarie Bowe (b. 1932), American film and television actress, wife of Robert Stack
  • Frank G. Bowe (1947-2007), American disability rights activist, author, and teacher
  • David Bowe (b. 1964), American character actor
  • Joseph L. Bowe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964
  • John E. Bowe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 24th District, 1938
  • John Bowe, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Minnesota at-large, 1932
  • John Bowe, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 1st District, 1886
  • James Edgar Bowe (1828-1890), American politician, Member of California State Assembly 18th District, 1856-57
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Quaerere verum
Motto Translation: To seek the truth.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

The Bowe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowe 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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