Bowerment History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The founding heritage of the Bowerment family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Bowerment comes from when one of the family 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 Bowerment family
The surname Bowerment 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 Bowerment family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowerment research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1506, 1633, 1635, 1632, 1590, 1572, 1675, 1627, 1631, 1633, 1634, 1635, 1660 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Bowerment History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bowerment Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bowerment has been spelled many different ways, including Bowerman, Bowreman, Bureman, Bourman, Burman and others.
Early Notables of the Bowerment 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...
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowerment Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowerment family to Ireland
Some of the Bowerment family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowerment family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bowerments to arrive in North America: 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.