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The distinguished surname Bowering emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. Occupational surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Bowering is an occupational name for a chamber-servant. The surname Bowering is derived from buring, which is a derivative of the Old English word bur, which means cottage, chamber, or bower. The name may also be a local surname applied to someone who lived at such a cottage or chamber. Occasionally, Bowering is a patronymic surname derived from the Flemish personal name Beauring.

Bowering Early Origins



The surname Bowering was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from early times.

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Bowering Spelling Variations


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Bowering Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Bowering, Bowring, Bawering, Bawring, Bowerin, Bowrin, Boweren, Bowerring, Bourring and many more.

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Bowering Early History


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Bowering Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowering research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1327, 1516, 1778, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Bowering History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowering Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowering Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowering 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



Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Bowering:

Bowering Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Bowering, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Mrs. Bowering, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1895

Bowering Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Miss June Edith Bowering, aged 3, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Ada Tewkerburg Bowering, aged 35, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • Edwin A. Bowering, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Edwin John Bowering, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • William Bowering, aged 39, who settled in America, in 1922

Bowering Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Bowering of Chard, Somerset, England, settled at Coley's Point, Newfoundland in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Bowering Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • J. Harry Bowering, aged 48, who emigrated to West Sumerland, Canada, in 1921
  • Robert Bowering, aged 27, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1922

Bowering Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Bowering arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
  • Richard Bowering, aged 47, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowering (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowering (post 1700)



  • Herbert Bowering, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Rochester 3rd Ward, 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Rochester 2nd Ward, 1956
  • Ernest George " Ernie" Bowering (1891-1961), English professional footballer
  • Jodie Bowering (b. 1982), Australian bronze medalist softball player at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Marilyn Bowering (b. 1949), Canadian poet, novelist and playwright
  • George Bowering OC , OBC (b. 1935), Canadian poet, novelist, historian, and biographer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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