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The prestigious surname Bowell came to Britain with the Norman invasion of 1066. It is thought that the surname originated in Beauzeville, France, and that Elias de Boesevilla of this region was the first Norman settler to Britain. Many of these Norman families moved north, into Scotland in the period following the Norman Conquest of England.

Bowell Early Origins



The surname Bowell was first found in Yorkshire, where Sir Ralph Boswell of Guntwaite, a descendant of Elias de Boesevilla, the first settler from Normandy, held lands. In the 12th century Sir Ralph lost his Yorkshire estates to the Earls of Warenne. The family moved north to Scotland at the invitation of David, Earl of Huntingdon, where they settled in Berwickshire at Edenham.

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Bowell Spelling Variations


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Bowell Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Boswell, Boswall, Boseville, Boswald, Bosswald, Bosville, Boeseille, Bosvile, Bovill, Bowelle and many more.

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Bowell Early History


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Bowell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowell research. Another 302 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Bowell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowell In Ireland


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Bowell In Ireland



Some of the Bowell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 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 settlers of this family name were:

Bowell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Bowell, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Thomas Bowell, who landed in Virginia in 1713

Bowell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Bowell, aged 25, a wheelwright, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowell (post 1700)



  • Henry J. Bowell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1916
  • B. B. Bowell, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 19th District, 1905-06; Member of South Dakota State Senate 19th District, 1913-14
  • Edward L. G. Bowell (b. 1943), American astronomer
  • Norman Henry Bowell (1904-1943), English cricketer
  • Prime Minister Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1823-1917), Canadian politician, 6th Prime Minister of Canada (1894-1896)
  • Horace Alexander William Bowell (1880-1957), English cricketer

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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: Vraye Foi
Motto Translation: True faith.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    11. ...

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