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The name Bowler came to England with the ancestors of the Bowler family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bowler family lived in Lancashire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's former residence in Boulard, in Calvados, in Normandy.

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The surname Bowler was first found in Lancashire. They were originally from Boulard in Calvados, Normandy, and arrived in England with Duke William of Normandy at the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066. One of the first records of the name was Baldwin de Boulers, who came to England in 1105 and was granted the Lordship of Montgomery, Powys by marriage to Sybil de Falaise. Hen Domen, (Welsh: "old mound") , a medieval timber motte-and-bailey castle in Powys, Wales was the home of the de Boulers (Bowdler) family and was founded by Baldwin de Boulers. Today, a permanent exhibition can be found on the site.

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bowler, Boler, Boaler and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowler research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1459, 1437, 1450, 1450, 1453, 1453 and 1459 are included under the topic Early Bowler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Bowler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 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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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bowler or a variant listed above:

Bowler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bowler settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Bowler, aged 14, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Bowler, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • Deborah Bowler settled in Nevis in 1663 along with her husband John
  • John Bowler, who arrived in Virginia in 1665-1666
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Bowler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alex Bowler, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Charles Bowler who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • John Bowler, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Bowler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Bowler settled in Boston in 1849
  • Martha Bowler, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1862
  • Thomas Bowler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Bowler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Bowler, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. John Bowler U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Penobscot Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Bowler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jesse Bowler, a bricklayer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Bowler, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Bowler arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850
  • Helen Bowler arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850
  • Mary Bowler, aged 17, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

Bowler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Bowler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Bowler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • E Bowler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Sir John Falstaff
  • Charles Bowler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Sir John Flagstaff
  • Eden Bowler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
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  • Jeff Bowler (b. 1975), American actor
  • Metcalfe Bowler, American politician, Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1767, 1767-76
  • Madison C. Bowler, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1916
  • Kathleen K. Bowler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000
  • Joseph F. Bowler, American Republican politician, Clare County Prosecuting Attorney, 1915-16; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1924
  • John Bowler, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1928
  • James Bernard Bowler (1875-1957), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1916, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948; U.S. Representative from Illinois 7th District, 1953-57
  • Gertrude Bowler, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Wisconsin, 1920; Delegate to Wisconsin convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Burley Bowler, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1948
  • Anna Bowler (b. 1918), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964; Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1964
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. 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.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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