Bowles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Bowles family

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]

Important Dates for the Bowles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowles research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1662, 1619, 1663, 1661, 1663, 1669, 1714, 1690, 1702, 1722 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Bowles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Bowles family (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 in the House of Commons from 1661 to 1663; Sir...
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Migration of the Bowles family to Ireland

Some of the Bowles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Bowles migration to the United States

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, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Thomas Bowles, who settled in Virginia in 1630
  • Geo Bowles, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [2]
  • Edward Bowles, who arrived in Maryland in 1650 [2]
  • Elizabeth Bowles, who arrived in Maryland in 1650 [2]
  • ... (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 [2]
  • Pallister Bowles, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [2]
  • Isabella Bowles, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • James Bowles, who arrived in Maryland in 1729 [2]
Bowles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. H Bowles, who arrived in New York, NY in 1810 [2]
  • W A Bowles, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Bowles migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bowles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Bowles, who arrived in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
Bowles Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Bowles, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but he died on board [3]

Bowles migration to Australia

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

Bowles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charlotte Bowles, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Rajah" [4]
  • Charlotte Bowles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849 [4]
  • John Bowles, aged 44, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander" [5]
  • Ann Bowles, aged 23, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina" [6]

Bowles 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:

Bowles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jesse Bowles, aged 42, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Margaret Bowles, aged 33, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • George Bowles, aged 12, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • John Bowles, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Frederick Bowles, aged 8, who 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.)

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 Bowles, American Diplomat and politician, Governor of Connecticut in 1948, Ambassador to India (1951-53)
  • Samuel Bowles, American newspaper editor
  • Jane Bowles (1917-1973), American writer and playwright
  • 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 [7]
  • 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 [7]
  • Carl H. Bowles, American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1968-69, 1974-75 [7]
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 65)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Rajah.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Lysander.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/medina1852.shtml
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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