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Bowness Early Origins



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.

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Bowness Spelling Variations


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Bowness Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bowness, Bownass, Bownas, Bonas, Bonass, Boness, Bownys, Bownyss, Bowniss and many more.

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Bowness Early History


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Bowness Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowness research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Bowness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowness Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowness Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bowness Notables 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



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 came to 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 came to Prince Edward Island in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowness (post 1700)


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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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Bowness Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowness 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 15 January 2014 at 09:14.

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