The proud Norman name of Bowshier was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was name for a person who frequently used the informal Norman greeting beu sire,
which means good sir,
or fine sir.
Early Origins of the Bowshier family
The surname Bowshier 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 Bowshier family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowshier 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 Bowshier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bowshier Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bowshier have been found, including Bowser, Bouchier, Boucher, Bourchier, Bowesar, Bowsher and many more.
Early Notables of the Bowshier 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 Bowshier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowshier family to Ireland
Some of the Bowshier 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 Bowshier family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bowshier were among those contributors: Anne Bowser who settled in Nova Scotia in 1774; with her mother Anne and brother Richard; Henry Bowser settled in Washington Maryland in 1798; William Bowser settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1774..