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The name Bowker arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a person who was a butcher. The name could also be derived the family's original place of residence, Beaucir, in Calvados, Normandy.

Bowker Early Origins



The surname Bowker was first found in Lincolnshire. They were originally from Beaucir in Calvados in Normandy, and arrived in England with Duke William in 1066.

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Bowker Spelling Variations


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Bowker Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bowker, Bowcher, Boucher and others.

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Bowker Early History


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Bowker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowker research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1066 is included under the topic Early Bowker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowker Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bowker 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



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bowker or a variant listed above:

Bowker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Bowker, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Edmund Bowker, who landed in New England in 1646 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Edward Bowker, who arrived in Maryland in 1650 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Bowker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Bowker who settled in Virginia in 1700
  • James Bowker, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Ralph Bowker, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Bowker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Bowker, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1848 along with William, Thomas, and James
  • T. Bowker, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • A Bowker, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • O F Bowker, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Abraham Bowker, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1858

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowker (post 1700)



  • Horace Bowker (1877-1954), American farm economist and businessman, CEO of the American Agricultural Chemical Company from 1918 to 1937
  • Geoffrey C. Bowker, American Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine
  • Albert Hosmer Bowker (1919-2008), American educator, Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley (1971-1980)
  • Richard Rogers Bowker (1848-1933), American journalist, editor of Publishers Weekly and Harper's Magazine, founder of the R.R. Bowker Company in 1868
  • Silas Bowker, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County, 1813-15, 1824; Member of New York State Senate 7th District, 1823
  • Robert E. Bowker, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Littleton; Elected 1938; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Littleton, 1948
  • Philip G. Bowker, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1944
  • L. Stanley Bowker, American Republican politician, Mayor of Malone, New York, 1940
  • Edward B. Bowker, American politician, Mayor of Ocean City, New Jersey, 1953
  • Edgar M. Bowker, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Whitefield, 1948
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bowker Historic Events


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Bowker Historic Events




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Bowker Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Bowker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowker 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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