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From the Celtic land of Wales came the name of Bowne. The Welsh name Bowne is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Owen, or Owein. The surname Bowne 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.

Bowne Early Origins



The surname Bowne 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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Bowne Spelling Variations


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Bowne Spelling Variations



Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Bowne name over the years has been spelled Bowen, Bowne, Bowan, Bowin, Bowene, Bowane and many more.

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Bowne Early History


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Bowne Early History



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

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Bowne Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowne 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 Bowne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowne In Ireland


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Bowne In Ireland



Some of the Bowne 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 Bowne:

Bowne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bowne, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629
  • John Bowne (16271695), an English immigrant with his father and sister from Matlock, Derbyshire to Boston in 1648
  • John Bowne, who arrived in New York in 1649

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowne (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowne (post 1700)



  • Fabien Alfranso Bowne (b. 1972), former professional American football wide receiver
  • Obadiah Bowne (1822-1874), United States Representative from New York
  • Samuel Smith Bowne (1800-1865), U.S. Representative from New York
  • Hugh Henry Bowne (1920-2003), long-serving American federal judge
  • Alan Bowne (1945-1989), American playwright and author
  • Walter Bowne (1770-1846), American politician, four term Mayor of New York
  • John Bowne (1627-1695), English immigrant residing in the Dutch colony of New Netherland, who is honored today as a pioneer in the American struggle for religious liberty
  • Hugh H. Bowne, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1856, 1860
  • Hugh H. Bowne, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1848-49
  • George L. Bowne, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1860
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. 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.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bowne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowne 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 December 2015 at 13:48.

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