Bowerham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Bowerham comes from one of the family having worked as a person who was the official bowerman, which means the servant who attended to the room of the bower.  
Early Origins of the Bowerham family
The surname Bowerham was first found in Yorkshire where William Bureman was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1204. Later the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included an entry for Robert Boreman in Oxfordshire at that time. And later again, William Bourman was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. In the same year, Walter Burman was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Cambridgeshire. 
Another source notes that the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 also includes Gilbert Burman in Oxfordshire; and Isabella Bureman in Essex. 
Back in Yorkshire, Alice Bourwyman was found in the Subsidy Rolls of 1301  and Johannes Boureman was listed as holding lands in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
Further north in Scotland, "A barrowman is defined in the Dictionary of the Old Scottish Tongue as 'one who helps to carry a hand-barrow.' The name is spelled Barraman in Workman's MS. William Barrowman or Baroumane had a charter of the lands of Fortrie in the sheriffdom of Banff from David II (RMS., I, App. II, 1033. In the British Museum his name is spelled Borrowman)." 
Reaney quotes Black's entry and adds "There can be no doubt that this is a late variant of Burowman."  The family coats of arms was recorded in Devonshire and Wiltshire, but no date is given. 
Early History of the Bowerham family
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Bowerham Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bowerham have been found, including: Bowerman, Bowreman, Bureman, Bourman, Burman and others.
Early Notables of the Bowerham family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Bowerman (died c. 1590) of Wells, Somerset, an English politician. He was Member of Parliament for Wells in 1572.
Robert Boreman or Bourman (d. 1675), was an English Royalist divine, a member of a family which came originally from the Isle of Wight, and brother of Sir William Bourman, clerk of the green cloth to King Charles II. "He received his education at Westminster School, whence he was elected in...
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Migration of the Bowerham family to Ireland
Some of the Bowerham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bowerham family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Bowerham, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Henry Bowerman who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1804; John Bowerman arrived in San Francisco in 1850.
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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Burke, Sir Bernard, C.B. LL.D The General Armory of England Scotland, Ireland and Wales. London: Harrison, 59, Pall Mall, 1884, Print.