The history of the Bowood family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in or near the village of Bowood
, in the parish of Netherbury in Dorset.
Early Origins of the Bowood family
The surname Bowood was first found in Dorset
, where the name is associated with the village of Bowood in the parish of Netherbury. In the Domesday Book
survey of 1086 Bowood was recorded as lands held by the Bishop of Salisbury. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Bowood family
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Bowood Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bowood include Bowd, Bowood, Bowode, Bowed, Bowwd, Bowoode and many more.
Early Notables of the Bowood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bowood family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bowood or a variant listed above: A. Bowde, who arrived in New Jersey in 1664.