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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
  • Edmund Bowker, who landed in New England in 1646
  • Edward Bowker, who arrived in Maryland in 1650

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
  • Ralph Bowker, who landed in Virginia in 1704

Bowker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Bowker arrived in Philadelphia in 1848 along with William, Thomas, and James
  • T. Bowker arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • A Bowker, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • O F Bowker, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Abraham Bowker 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




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Ruth Bowker, aged 27, English Cashier from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 6

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Bowker Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    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.

    This page was last modified on 31 July 2016 at 07:44.

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