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Where did the Scottish Bower family come from? What is the Scottish Bower family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bower family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bower family history?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.
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.
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.
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.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
- Wm 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
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
Bower Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John Bower, "Adam" U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
- Mr. Adam Bower U.E who settled in Ernestown, Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1783
- Mr. Adam Bower U.E who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783
- Mr. Adam Bower U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
- Mr. Gasher Bower U.E who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783
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
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
- 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
- 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
- E. S. Bower, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1912
- The Family Band: From the Missouri to the Black Hills, 1881-1900 by Lauran Bower Van Nuys.
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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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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