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
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
The name may also be a local
surname applied to someone who lived at such a cottage or chamber.
Alternatively, it could have originated in Beaurain, near Cambrai, Flanders as Wybert de Beaurain was later listed occurs in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae (1180-1198) in Normandy. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Occasionally, Bowring is a patronymic surname derived from the Flemish personal name Beauring.
Early Origins of the Bowring family
The surname Bowring was first found in Somerset
where Walter Bowryng is considered to be one of the first records of the family. He was listed there as holding lands 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of Edward III.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
Another source notes another early record of the family in Cheshire
, Henry Bourying as holding lands there in 1302. The same source notes Walter Bowryng in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1327. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
This could indeed be the same as the aforementioned.
Early History of the Bowring family
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.
Bowring Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Bowring family (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.
Migration of the Bowring family to Ireland
Some of the Bowring family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 180 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowring family to the New World and Oceana
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, who settled in Maryland in 1719
Bowring Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Benjamin Bowring, an English clockmaker from Devon, England, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1811 and founded Bowring Brothers Ltd in St. John's Newfoundland which at one time had over 100 gift shops in shopping malls across Canada and the US 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 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
Contemporary Notables of the name Bowring (post 1700)
- Eva Bowring (1892-1985), Nebraska politician
- Eva Kelly Bowring (1892-1985), American Republican politician, U.S. Senator from Nebraska, 1954; Speaker, Republican National Convention, 1956 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- 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, linguist, and writer, 4th Governor of Hong Kong (1854 to 1859)
- Edgar Alfred Bowring (1826-1911), British translator and author
Historic Events for the Bowring family
- Sidney Bowring (d. 1945), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
- 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/