Bowness History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Bowness family

The surname Bowness was first found in Cumbria (Cumberland) at Bowness, a parish, in the union of Wigton, Cumberland ward. [1] Bowness is also a post-town, in the parish of Windermere, Kendal ward and union, county of Westmorland. [1]

The family 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.

Important Dates for the Bowness family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowness research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1676, 1753 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Bowness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bowness Spelling Variations

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)

Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Bownas (1676-1753), an English Quaker traveling minister and writer who lived in the Lancaster and Dover areas of England. His book 'A Description of the Qualifications Necessary to a Gospel Minister' is used to inform Quaker ministry to this day. He was born at Shap, Westmorland, on 20 Nov. 1676. "His father, a shoemaker, died within a month of Samuel's birth, leaving his mother a house...
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Bowness migration to the United States

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 migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • William Bowness (1809-1867), English self-taught painter, born at Kendal, Cumbria [2]
  • 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

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
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