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The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Bower. It is a name for someone who works as a maker of bows. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word bower, which means bow maker.

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The surname Bower was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Płballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat in the old manor of Bower in the parish of Drummelzier.

Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Bower has been spelled Bower, Bowre, Bowyr, Bowers, Bowyer, Beauer and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bower research. Another 377 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1317, 1387, 1489, 1479, 1615, 1671 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Bower History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 23 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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Some of the Bower family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 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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For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

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
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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
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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
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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
  • Thomas Bower arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838
  • Jane Bower arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840
  • 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
  • J. Bower arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
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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
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  • 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
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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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  • The Family Band: From the Missouri to the Black Hills, 1881-1900 by Lauran Bower Van Nuys.
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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: Ad metam
Motto Translation: To the mark.

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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

Other References

  1. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  5. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
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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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