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The name Bowsher thought to be of Norman heritage. It is a name for a person who was a person who frequently used the informal Norman greeting beu sire, which means good sir, or fine sir.

Bowsher Early Origins



The surname Bowsher 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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Bowsher Spelling Variations


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Bowsher 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.

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Bowsher Early History


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Bowsher Early History



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

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Bowsher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowsher 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 Bowsher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowsher In Ireland


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Bowsher In Ireland



Some of the Bowsher 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bowsher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Kate Bowsher, aged 14, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowsher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowsher (post 1700)



  • James R. Bowsher, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1916
  • Mrs. Allen Bowsher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • Allen Bowsher, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Henry County, 1950

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Citations



    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. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 11 December 2015 at 13:48.

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