Bowen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

From the Celtic land of Wales came the name of Bowen. The Welsh name Bowen is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Owen, or Owein. The surname Bowen was originally ab-Owen: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ab" or "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time. [1]

Early Origins of the Bowen family

The surname Bowen was first found in Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth. However, the family are also numerous in Shropshire. [2]

Early census records for Wales are rare so we should not be surprised to find that one of the first records was found as late as 1487, where Lewis ap-Owen, was listed in County of Cardigan. [1]

Important Dates for the Bowen family

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Bowen Spelling Variations

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Bowen have included Bowen, Bowne, Bowan, Bowin, Bowene, Bowane and many more.

Early Notables of the Bowen family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Robert Ap John Ap Thomas Ap Owein, son of the Lord of Ynysdderne; and Richard Bowen (1761-1797) was a British naval commander. He died during the failed storming of Santa Cruz de Tenerife as he captained HMS Terpsichore. Because of the failure, a memorial to him to be erected in Westminster Abbey was denied. He appears in the...
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Migration of the Bowen family to Ireland

Some of the Bowen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Bowen migration to the United States

During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bowen:

Bowen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Morris Bowen, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [3]
  • Griffith Bowen, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639 [3]
  • Sarah Bowen, who arrived in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1640 [3]
  • Anna Bowen, who arrived in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1642 [3]
  • Phillip Bowen, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bowen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Bowen, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702 [3]
  • Peter Bowen, who landed in New England in 1716 [3]
  • Lewis Bowen, who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • James Bowen, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Bowen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Susanna Bowen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [3]
  • N. W. Bowen, who settled in Providence Rhode Island in 1823
  • Patrick Bowen, who arrived in New York in 1832 [3]
  • Eli A Bowen, who landed in Texas in 1835 [3]
  • Robert Bowen, who arrived in New York in 1835 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowen migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bowen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Bowen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Bowen, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1755 [4]
  • Thomas Bowen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. Abraham Bowen U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. Ansell Bowen U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bowen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Bowen, who settled in Red Cliff Island (Bonavista) in 1851

Bowen migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bowen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert George Bowen, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
  • Mary Ann Bowen, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
  • Charles Bowen, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
  • Ann Bowen, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
  • Robert Bowen, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
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Bowen migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bowen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Michael Bowen, aged 27, a blacksmith, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Hannah Bowen, aged 28, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • David Bowen, aged 3, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Mr. Bowen, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Hamilla Mitchell" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th November 1853 [7]
  • Miss Sarah A. Bowen, (b. 1841), aged 24, British cook travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 1st January 1866 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowen (post 1700)

  • William Gordon Bowen (1933-2016), American academic, President of Princeton University (1972-1988)
  • Rooney L. Bowen Jr. (1933-2016), American politician, Member of the Georgia State Senate (1980-2004)
  • Major-General Frank Sayles Jr. Bowen (1905-1976), American Commanding General XII Corps (1958-1960) [8]
  • Brigadier-General Charles Francis Bowen (1889-1977), American Adjutant-General of New Hampshire (1939-1947) [9]
  • Captain Stephen G. Bowen (b. 1964), NASA Astronaut with over 27 days in space and the first to ever fly on two consecutive missions (STS-132 and STS-133) [10]
  • Ira Sprague Bowen (1898-1973), American astronomer who served as director of both the Mount Wilson Observatory and the Palomar Observatory
  • Dr. Otis Ray Bowen (1918-2013), American politician and physician, Governor of Indiana (1972-1980)
  • Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973), American writer of semi fictional biographies and winner of the National Book Award in 1958
  • Andrea Lauren Bowen (b. 1990), Award-winning American actress
  • Wilbur L. Bowen, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Bowen family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Robert Bowen (b. 1948), American Warrant Officer Class III from Whytheville, Virginia, USA who died in the crash [11]
  • Mr. John P Bowen (b. 1964), American Sergeant from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA who died in the crash [11]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Ethel F. D.  Bowen (1876-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
  • Master Alfred Dewand  Bowen (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
  • Miss Clara  Bowen (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
HMS Cornwall
  • Geoffrey Day Bowen, British Lieutenant aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [13]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Reginald A Bowen, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Hubert J Bowen, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Fred Bowen, British Ordinary Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Jack Bowen (1920-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
RMS Lusitania
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. David John "Dai" Bowen (d. 1912), aged 26, Welsh Third Class passenger from Treherbert, Glamorgan who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [18]
  • Miss Grace Scott Bowen, aged 45, American First Class passenger from Cooperstown, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4 [18]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Andrew J. Bowen Jr., American Chief Machinist's Mate working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [19]

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Frank Bowen. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bowen/Frank_Sayles_Jr./USA.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Charles Bowen. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bowen/Charles_Francis/USA.html
  10. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Stephen Bowen. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/bowen-sg.html
  11. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  12. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  13. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  16. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  19. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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