Bowller is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bowller family lived in Lancashire
. The name, however, is a reference to the family's former residence in Boulard,
in Calvados, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Bowller family
The surname Bowller 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
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.
Early History of the Bowller family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowller 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 Bowller History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bowller 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 Bowler, Boler, Boaler and others.
Early Notables of the Bowller family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bowller family to Ireland
Some of the Bowller 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.
Migration of the Bowller 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 Bowller or a variant listed above: Charles Bowler who settled in Georgia in 1733; Deborah Bowler settled in Nevis in 1663; along with her husband John; William Bowler settled in Virginia in 1635.