Bowmaker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bowmaker is an ancient Strathclyde-Briton name for a person who worked as a person who made bows, a bowyer. "This surname is derived from an occupation. 'the bowmaker,' a bowyer." [1]

Early Origins of the Bowmaker family

The surname Bowmaker was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Pùballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat in the old manor of Bower in the parish of Drummelzier. Further south "a family of the name lived in Alnwick for several centuries, and it is chiefly in Newcastle and South Northumberland." [1]

Important Dates for the Bowmaker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowmaker research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1343, 1376, 1395, 1422, 1557, 1558, 1385, 1449, 1417, 1449, 1539, 1648 and 1563 are included under the topic Early Bowmaker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bowmaker Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Bowmaker has appeared as Bowmaker, Bowmakker, Boumaker, Bomaker, Bowmacre and many more.

Early Notables of the Bowmaker family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Walter Bower or Bowmaker (c. 1385-1449), Scottish chronicler, abbot of Inchcolm (1417-1449); Thomas Bowmaker, 1539, Newcastle-on-Tyne was noted as capabvle of bearing arms; well...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowmaker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bowmaker family to Ireland

Some of the Bowmaker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bowmaker migration to the United States

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Bowmaker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth Bowmaker, aged 27, originally from South Shields, England, who arrived in New York in 1912 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • John T. Bowmaker, aged 36, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Millinocket" from Cette, France [3]

Bowmaker 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:

Bowmaker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Isabella Bowmaker, (b. 1825), aged 38, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [4]
  • Mr. John Bowmaker, (b. 1825), aged 38, British joiner travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [4]
  • Miss Isabella Bowmaker, (b. 1854), aged 9, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [4]
  • Miss Hannah Bowmaker, (b. 1859), aged 4, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [4]
  • Miss Sarah Bowmaker, (b. 1861), aged 2, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bowmaker (post 1700)

  • Graham Arthur Bowmaker, Professor in Chemistry at the University of Auckland, New Zealand

Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJBM-DX7 : 6 December 2014), Elizabeth Bowmaker, 28 Jul 1912; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QZ-3PJ : 6 December 2014), John T. Bowmaker, 19 Jan 1919; citing departure port Cette, France, arrival port New York, ship name Millinocket, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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