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The distinguished surname Bowring emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. Occupational surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Bowring is an occupational name for a chamber-servant. The surname Bowring is derived from buring, which is a derivative of the Old English word bur, which means cottage, chamber, or bower. The name may also be a local surname applied to someone who lived at such a cottage or chamber. Occasionally, Bowring is a patronymic surname derived from the Flemish personal name Beauring.

Bowring Early Origins



The surname Bowring was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from early times.

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Bowring Spelling Variations


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Bowring Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Bowering, Bowring, Bawering, Bawring, Bowerin, Bowrin, Boweren, Bowerring, Bourring and many more.

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Bowring Early History


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Bowring Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowring research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1327, 1516, 1778, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Bowring History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowring Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowring Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowring 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



An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Bowring:

Bowring Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Bowring settled in Maryland in 1719

Bowring Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Bowring from Devon, England, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Bowring Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Bowring, British convict from Jersey, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowring (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowring (post 1700)



  • Eva Kelly Bowring (1892-1985), American Republican politician, U.S. Senator from Nebraska, 1954; Speaker, Republican National Convention, 1956
  • Eva Bowring (1892-1985), Nebraska politician
  • Benjamin Bowring (1778-1846), English watchmaker, jeweller, and businessman, founder of Bowring Brothers, in 1811
  • Charles R Bowring (1840-1890), English merchant, politician, manager of Bowring Brothers' operations in St. John's, Newfoundland, grandson of Benjamin Bowring
  • Kevin Bowring, Welsh former rugby union player and coach
  • William Bowring (1874-1945), Newfoundland-born, West Indian cricketer
  • Sir John Bowring KCB (1792-1872), British diplomat, ling Uist, and writer, 4th Governor of Hong Kong (1854 to 1859)
  • Edgar Alfred Bowring (1826-1911), British translator and author

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Bowring Historic Events


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Bowring Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Charles Warren Bowring, English 1st Class Passenger returning from New York, New York, USA going to Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Bowring Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowring 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.

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