The name Bowls came to England
with the ancestors of the Bowls family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bowls 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 Bowls family
The surname Bowls 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. 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)
Early History of the Bowls family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowls 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 Bowls History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bowls Spelling Variations
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 Bowles, Bolles, Boles, Bowls, Boals and others.
Early Notables of the Bowls 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... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowls Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowls family to Ireland
Some of the Bowls 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.
Migration of the Bowls family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bowls or a variant listed above:
Bowls Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Bowls, who landed in Virginia in 1760 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)