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Bownyss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Bownyss family


The surname Bownyss 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 Bownyss family


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Bownyss 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 Bownyss family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bownyss family to Ireland


Some of the Bownyss family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bownyss family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George Bowness, on record in Virginia in 1787; Nancy Bowness, who came to Philadelphia in 1801; Robert Bowness, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1827.

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