Early Origins of the Bowness family
The surname Bowness was first found in Cumbria
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1592 when William Bowness held estates in Yorkshire
, where the family name had moved from its origin in Westmorland
. Bowness, an ancient town on Windermere is famous for its relics including the stained glass in the Church of St.Martin which is identified with the Cartmel Priory in Furness.
Early History of the Bowness family
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Bowness Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bowness, Bownass, Bownas, Bonas, Bonass, Boness, Bownys, Bownyss, Bowniss and many more.
Early Notables of the Bowness family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bowness family to Ireland
Some of the Bowness family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bowness family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bowness Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Bowness, on record in Virginia in 1787
Bowness Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Nancy Bowness, who settled in Philadelphia in 1801
- John Bowness, who arrived in New York City in 1831
Bowness Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Robert Bowness, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1827
- Jane Bowness, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1841
Contemporary Notables of the name Bowness (post 1700)
- Terry Bowness, American pianist/composer
- Sir Alan Bowness, British curator and museum director, Director of the Tate Gallery (1980-1988)
- Rick Bowness (b. 1955), Canadian professional hockey (NHL) coach, and former player
- Peter Spencer Bowness (b. 1943), British politician, Baron Bowness, member of the House of Lords