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From the Celtic land of Wales came the name of Bown. The Welsh name Bown is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Owen, or Owein. The surname Bown was originally ab-Owen: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ab" or "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.

Bown Early Origins



The surname Bown was first found in Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

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Bown Spelling Variations


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Bown Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Bown have included Bowen, Bowne, Bowan, Bowin, Bowene, Bowane and many more.

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Bown Early History


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Bown Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bown research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1761, 1797 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Bown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bown Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bown Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Robert Ap John Ap Thomas Ap Owein, son of the Lord of Ynysdderne; and Richard Bowen (1761-1797) was a British naval commander. He died during the failed storming of Santa Cruz de Tenerife as he captained HMS Terpsichore. Because of the...

Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bown In Ireland


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Bown In Ireland



Some of the Bown family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Bown:

Bown Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Bown, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1706

Bown Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Bown, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Benjamin E Bown, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835
  • William T Bown, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835
  • David Bown, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Charles Bown, aged 25, landed in Pennsylvania in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bown Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Bown, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • Thomas Bown arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • Robert Bown, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Olivia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bown (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bown (post 1700)



  • Ralph Bown (1891-1971), American radio pioneer, recipient of the IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award (1926), President of the Institute of Radio Engineers in 1927
  • Jim Bown (b. 1960), American retired NASCAR driver
  • Heather Bown (b. 1978), American two-time silver medalist volleyball player
  • Richard Charles "Chuck" Bown (b. 1954), American NASCAR champion from Portland, Oregon
  • Andrew H. Bown, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1916
  • Stuart Bown (b. 1978), Australian rules footballer from Broken Hill, New South Wales
  • Paul Bown (b. 1957), British actor from Fenton, Staffordshire
  • John Young Bown (1821-1890), English-born, Canadian physician and politician
  • Jane Bown (1925-1949), British portrait photographer who has worked for The Observer newspaper since 1949
  • Archie Bown (1882-1958), English football striker from Highworth
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bown Historic Events


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Bown Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Edgar George Bown, British Petty Officer Supply, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Motto


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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: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.


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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Bown Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bown Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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