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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Early History of 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.

Migration of the Bowmaker family to the New World and Oceana


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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "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.).
  • John T. Bowmaker, aged 36, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Millinocket" from Cette, France [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "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.).

Contemporary Notables of the name Bowmaker (post 1700)


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

The Bowmaker 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: Ad Metam
Motto Translation: To the mark.


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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.).

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