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Multiple Origins for the Surname Bower


German


The historical and enchanting region of Austria is the birthplace of the distinguished family name Bower. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 B C. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Otto I defeated the Magyars in 955. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Bower Early Origins



The surname Bower was first found in Austria and Bavaria, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

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Bower Spelling Variations


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Bower Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Bower include Bauer, Baur, Bauerr, Bauerre, Bower, Boerema, Bohr, Burr and many more.

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Bower Early History


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Bower Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bower research. Another 355 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1538, 1761, 1781, 1786, 1803, 1809, 1846, 1859, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Bower History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bower Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bower Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Bower were Bruno Bauer (1809-1882), who was a controversial German theologian, historian, and student of Hegel. Ludwig Amandus Bauer (1803-1846)...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bower 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



After the First World War, Austria became a republi c. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bower were

Bower Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Bower who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Richard Bower, who arrived in Maryland in 1664
  • Samuel Bower, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • Mary Bower, who landed in Maryland in 1678
  • Robert Bower settled in Virginia in 1698

Bower Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bower, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Martin Bower, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Susanna Bower, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Barbara Bower, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Helena Bower, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Frederick Bower, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803-1827
  • Thomas I Bower, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803-1827
  • Johann Ludwig Bower, aged 5, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Christiana Bower, aged 28, landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Christina Bower, aged 3, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bower Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Bower, "Adam" U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Adam Bower U.E. who settled in Ernestown, Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Adam Bower U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Adam Bower U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Gasher Bower U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bower Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David Bower, who landed in Canada in 1820

Bower Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Bower arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • Thomas Bower arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • Jane Bower arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  • Thomas Wilson Bower, English convict from Cheshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  • J. Bower arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bower Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Bower, aged 28, a gardener, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Jean Bower, aged 22, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Richard Bower arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Edward Bower, aged 51, a bricklayer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • William John Bower, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bower (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bower (post 1700)



  • E. S. Bower, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1912
  • E. G. Bower, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1876
  • E. C. Bower, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1876
  • David Bower, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tompkins County, 1839
  • Clark M. Bower, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924
  • Charles C. Bower, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 13th District, 1900
  • C. O. Bower, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Calhoun County, 1955-56; Defeated, 1962
  • Burney E. Bower, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1932
  • Andrew P. Bower, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1900, 1904
  • Earl T. Bower, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1940 (alternate), 1960; Member of Wyoming State Senate, 1950; Presidential Elector for Wyoming, 1956
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bower Historic Events


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Bower Historic Events




Flight 191

  • E Bower, American passenger from Newport Beach, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Ronald Bower (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Marlpool, Derbyshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Reginald P Bower (b. 1923), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Westbourne, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Frank Bower, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Bower


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Suggested Readings for the name Bower



  • The Family Band: From the Missouri to the Black Hills, 1881-1900 by Lauran Bower Van Nuys.

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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848

Other References

  1. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  3. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. 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: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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The Bower Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bower 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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