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The name Bowles reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Bowles family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bowles family lived in Lincolnshire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's former residence in Bouelles, near Neufchatel, in Normandy.

Bowles Early Origins



The surname Bowles was first found in Lincolnshire where they settled after the Norman Conquest. They were originally from Bouelles, near Neufchatel in Normandy where it was listed under the spellings Bowles or Buelles. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

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Bowles Spelling Variations


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Bowles Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Bowles, Bolles, Boles, Bowls, Boals and others.

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Bowles Early History


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Bowles Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowles research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1662, 1619, 1663, 1661, 1663, 1669, 1714, 1690, 1702 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Bowles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowles Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Bowles (1613-1662), an English Presbyterian minister from Sutton, Bedfordshire; Sir John Bolles, 1st Baronet of Scampton, Lincolnshire; Sir Robert Bolles, 2nd Baronet (1619-1663), an English politician who sat...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowles In Ireland


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Bowles In Ireland



Some of the Bowles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 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



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Bowles name or one of its variants:

Bowles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bowles settled in New England in 1630
  • Thomas Bowles settled in Virginia in 1630
  • Geo Bowles, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Edward Bowles, who arrived in Maryland in 1650
  • Elizabeth Bowles, who arrived in Maryland in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Bowles, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Pallister Bowles, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Isabella Bowles, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • James Bowles, who arrived in Maryland in 1729

Bowles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. H Bowles, who arrived in New York, NY in 1810
  • W A Bowles, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Bowles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Bowles, who arrived in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760

Bowles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charlotte Bowles arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Rajah"
  • Charlotte Bowles arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849
  • John Bowles, aged 44, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • Ann Bowles, aged 23, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina"

Bowles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jesse Bowles, aged 42, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Margaret Bowles, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • George Bowles, aged 12, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • John Bowles, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Frederick Bowles, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowles (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowles (post 1700)



  • Erskine Boyce Bowles (b. 1945), American businessman and politician, Chairperson of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (2010)
  • Paul Frederic Bowles (1910-1999), American composer, author, and translator, best known for his first novel The Sheltering Sky (1949)
  • Brian Christopher Bowles (b. 1976), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • William Augustus "Estajoca" Bowles (1763-1805), American-English adventurer and organizer of Native American attempts to create their own state
  • Chester Bliss Bowles (1901-1986), American Democrat politician, Governor of Connecticut, 1949-51; U.S. Ambassador to India, 1951-53, 1963-69; Nepal, 1951-53
  • Charles E. Bowles (1884-1957), American Republican politician, Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, 1930; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1932, 1934; Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1941
  • Carl H. Bowles, American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1968-69, 1974-75
  • C. D. Bowles, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1916
  • D. T. Bowles, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1948
  • E. B. Bowles, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Tennessee 2nd District, 1958
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Bowles


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Suggested Readings for the name Bowles



  • The Boyle-Bole-Boles (also Bowles) Descendants of James Boyle of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania by David B. Boles.
  • A Journey with the Bowles Family: Some Memories Along the Way by Charles A. Bowles.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. 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.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  11. ...

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