Bowlie is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bowlie family lived in Worcestershire
. However, the surname of the Bowlie family evolved from the name of their former residence, Beaulieu, a place in Calvados, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Bowlie family
The surname Bowlie was first found in Worcestershire
, at Bewdley, a town and civil parish in the Wyre Forest District. The village dates back to about 1275 when it was listed as Beuleu and literally meant "beautiful place" having derived from the Old French beau + lieu. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
One of the first records of one of the surname's early variants was Simon de Bello Loco of Normandy
who was listed there in 1180 and years later Alexander de Bello Loco paid a fine in Bedfordshire
in 1255. 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)
Bewley Common is a small village in Wiltshire.
Early History of the Bowlie family
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Bowlie Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Bewley, Bewlay, Bowley, Bowlay, Bewlie and others.
Early Notables of the Bowlie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bowlie family to Ireland
Some of the Bowlie family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowlie family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Bowlie or a variant listed above: Mary Bewley who settled in New England
in 1752; Grace Bewlie settled in New England
in 1635; Ambrose Bewly settled in Virginia in 1642.
The Bowlie Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cautus metuit foveam lupus
Motto Translation: The cautious wolf fears the snare.