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The illustrious surname Bowes is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Bowes is a place-name from in the village of Bowes in Durham. The place and the surname both are derived from the Old English word bogas, which meant "bend in the river" The village was renamed Bogas in 1148.

Bowes Early Origins



The surname Bowes was first found in Durham where they held a family seat as the Lords of Streatham Castle. "The family of Bowes held some lands [in Ingleton] under the Nevills, who possessed the greater part of the township as a member of Raby." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
They were related to Alan Niger who was Duke of Brittany. His descendant Sir William Bowes was Captain of 500 archers and Governor of Bowes Castle, which was responsible for the defense of the Kingdom against the Scots. He was great, great grandfather of Sir Adam Bowes, Steward of Richmondshire, living in 1345.

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Bowes Spelling Variations


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Bowes Spelling Variations



Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Bows, Bow, Bowes, Bowe, Bough, Boughs and others.

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Bowes Early History


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Bowes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowes research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1424, 1749, 1800, 1389, 1465, 1466, 1657, 1707, 1679, 1685, 1695, 1698, 1702, 1707, 1691 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Bowes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowes Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir William Bowes (1389- 1465); and his son, Sir William Bowes (died 1466), Sheriff of Northumberland; and Sir William Bowes (1657-1707), an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for County Durham (1679-1685), (1695-1698) and (1702-1707.) "Streatlam Castle, [in Streatlam, Durham] a...

Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowes In Ireland


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Bowes In Ireland



Some of the Bowes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bowes, or a variant listed above:

Bowes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bowes settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Katherin Bowes settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Bowes who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Bowes, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Katherin Bowes, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edmd Bowes, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Margaret Bowes settled in Maryland in 1723

Bowes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. Bowes settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1822
  • I Bowes, aged 31, landed in America in 1822
  • Francis Bowes, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • John Bowes, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Edward Bowes, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Bowes Jr., who landed in Canada in 1821
  • James Bowes Sr., who arrived in Canada in 1821
  • Thomas Bowes, who arrived in Canada in 1821
  • John Bowes, who landed in Nava Scotia in 1831
  • Margaret Bowes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Bowes, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • John Bowes, aged 39, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian"
  • John Bowes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
  • Margaret Bowes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
  • Rosa Bowes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jackson Bowes, aged 20, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Sarah Bowes, aged 35, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • John Bowes, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Thomas Bowes arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Dinah Bowes, aged 27, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowes (post 1700)



  • Theodore F. Bowes, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, 1953-61
  • James A. Bowes, American politician, Mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts, 1947-51
  • Homer W. Bowes Sr., American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 8th District, 1948
  • Henry W. Bowes, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 29th District, 1896
  • Edward Francis Bowes, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 15th District, 1934
  • Donald C. Bowes, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1956; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960
  • Frederick Bowes Jr. (1908-1982), American executive, Vice President, International Pitney-Bowes In c. Stamford Connecticut
  • Walter Harold Bowes, English-born, American entrepreneur who co-founded the Pitney Bowes Postage Meter Company in 1920
  • Cliff Bowes (1894-1929), American comedic actor
  • Edward Bowes (1874-1946), American radio personality
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bowes Historic Events


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Bowes Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Blanche  Bowes (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Keith Andrew Joseph Bowes (1922-1941), Australian Stoker from Tumblong, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



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: Quaerere verum
Motto Translation: To seek the truth.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  11. ...

The Bowes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowes 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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