The name Bowse comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a person who frequently used the informal Norman greeting beu sire,
which means good sir,
or fine sir.
Early Origins of the Bowse family
The surname Bowse was first found in Essex
. They were originally from Bouchier in Normandy
, and arrived in England
with Duke William in 1066. John de Bourchier (d.circa 1330) was an English Judge of the Common Pleas and the earliest ancestor of the family. His son, Robert Bourchier was 1st Baron
Bourchier (died 1349) and held the position of Lord Chancellor of England
, the first layman to hold the post. His son, John Bourchier, 2nd Baron
Bourchier (d. 1400), was a soldier and diplomat.
Early History of the Bowse family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowse research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1400, 1409, 1400, 1409, 1405, 1467, 1533, 1587, 1654, 1643, 1595, 1660, 1535, 1605 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Bowse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bowse Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bowser, Bouchier, Boucher, Bourchier, Bowesar, Bowsher and many more.
Early Notables of the Bowse family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Bourchier, 2nd Baron
Bourchier (d. 1400), soldier and diplomat in the service of the crown; Bartholomew Bourchier, 3rd Baron
Bourchier (died 1409), member of Parliament, summoned to Parliament the first time 9 September 1400, the year of his father's death, continued to... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowse family to Ireland
Some of the Bowse family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 83 words (6 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 Bowse family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Bowse or a variant listed above were:
Bowse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Bowse, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Bowse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Bowse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839SirCharlesForbes.htm