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Bowser is an ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to a person who was a person who frequently used the informal Norman greeting beu sire, which means good sir, or fine sir.

Bowser Early Origins



The surname Bowser 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.

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Bowser Spelling Variations


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Bowser Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bowser, Bouchier, Boucher, Bourchier, Bowesar, Bowsher and many more.

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Bowser Early History


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Bowser Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowser 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 Bowser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowser Early Notables (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 Bowser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowser In Ireland


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Bowser In Ireland



Some of the Bowser 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bowser or a variant listed above:

Bowser Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hen Bowser, who arrived in Virginia in 1666

Bowser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bowser settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1774
  • William Bowser, aged 22, landed in New England in 1774
  • Henry Bowser, who arrived in Maryland in 1798
  • Henry Bowser, who settled in Maryland in 1798
  • Henry Bowser settled in Washington Maryland in 1798

Bowser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Bowser, who arrived in New York in 1817

Bowser Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Bowser, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Bowser, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Richard Bowser, aged 29, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Anne Bowser who settled in Nova Scotia in 1774 with her mother Anne and brother Richard
  • Ann Bowser, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowser Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Bowser, who settled in Nova Scotia sometime between 1598 and 1867
  • Hannah Bowser, who settled in Ontario in 1871
  • George Bowser, who came to Ontario in 1871
  • Charles Henry Bowser, who came to Ontario in 1871
  • Cecilia Bowser, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

Bowser Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Bowser arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowser (post 1700)



  • Yvette Denise Lee Bowser (b. 1965), American television writer and producer
  • Charles W. Bowser (1898-1989), American football head coach of the University of Pittsburgh team (1939 to 1942)
  • Charles Bowser (b. 1959), former American NFL football linebacker
  • Bill Bowser, American founder of Bowser Manufacturing, a manufacturer of model railroad equipment in 1948
  • Arda "Ard" Crawford Bowser (1899-1996), American professional NFL football player
  • Mary Elizabeth Bowser (b. 1839), American freed slave born in Richmond, Virginia who became a Union spy during the Civil War
  • Paul Forbes Bowser (1886-1960), American professional wrestling promoter
  • Muriel Bowser (b. 1972), American Democratic politician in Washington D. c., Muriel Bowser American Democratic politician in Washington, D.C
  • Charles W. Bowser, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1975, 1979
  • Alan Bowser, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 10th District, 1988
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bowser Historic Events


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Bowser Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. William Thomas  Bowser (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Suggested Readings for the name Bowser


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Suggested Readings for the name Bowser



  • The Bowsers and Claypool(e)s by Evelyn Claypoole Bracken.

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    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bowser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bowser 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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