Bowkett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bowkett originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Buchard, a variant of Burchard.

Early Origins of the Bowkett family

The surname Bowkett was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bowkett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowkett research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1207, 1273, 1500, 1547, 1669, 1748 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Bowkett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bowkett Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bowkett has appeared include Bockett, Bocket, Bocard, Bocardi, Bochard, Bockard, Bokett, Bucard, Buchard, Bucket and many more.

Early Notables of the Bowkett family (pre 1700)

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Australia Bowkett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bowkett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Bowkett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bowkett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edwin Bowkett, aged 23, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Julia Bowkett, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Thomas Bowkett, aged 26, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Sarah Bowkett, aged 23, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Mr. Edwin Bowkett, (b. 1851), aged 23, Cornish carpenter departing on 22nd July 1874 aboard the ship "Chile" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 26th October 1876 [2]
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  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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