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Bowyer is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a maker or trader of bows.

Bowyer Early Origins



The surname Bowyer was first found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bowyer Spelling Variations


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Bowyer Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bowyer has appeared include Bowyer, Bowyers, Bowyere, Bowyear and others.

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Bowyer Early History


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Bowyer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowyer research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1641, 1614, 1641, 1613, 1681, 1660, 1679, 1623, 1666, 1612, 1679, 1659, 1679, 1653, 1691, 1699, 1777, 1761 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Bowyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowyer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bowyer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Bowyer, Lord Mayor of London; Sir William Bowyer (c 1588-1641), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1614 and 1641; Sir Edmund Bowyer (1613-1681), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1679; Sir...

Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bowyer In Ireland


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Bowyer In Ireland



Some of the Bowyer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bowyer arrived in North America very early:

Bowyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Bowyer who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Daniell Bowyer, aged 30, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Bowyer, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Hen Bowyer, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Henry Bowyer settled in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gabriel Bowyer, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1743
  • John Bowyer settled in Augusta county in Virginia in 1762 with his son Michael
  • Michael Bowyer, who arrived in Virginia in 1780

Bowyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Bowyer, aged 46, landed in Missouri in 1846
  • Garon Bowyer, aged 30, landed in Missouri in 1846

Bowyer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Peter Bowyer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Bowyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Bowyer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849
  • Richard Bowyer, aged 29, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
  • Richard Bowyer, aged 29, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine"
  • Thomas Henry Bowyer, aged 44, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"
  • David Bowyer, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bowyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • F Bowyer landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1827
  • Francis Bowyer landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836 aboard the ship "Patriot"
  • Clarissa Bowyer, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Katherine Bowyer, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowyer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bowyer (post 1700)



  • Rear Admiral John Marshall Bowyer (1853-1912), American officer in the United States Navy
  • John M. Bowyer, American politician, U.S. Consul in Guazacualo, 1829
  • Frank C. Bowyer, American politician, Mayor of Tampa, Florida, 1898-1900
  • Cincinnatus W. Bowyer, American politician, Postmaster at Independence, Missouri, 1841-43
  • Clint Bowyer (b. 1979), American race car (NASCAR) driver
  • Kevin John Bowyer (b. 1961), English organist
  • Lee David Bowyer (b. 1977), English professional footballer
  • Frank Bowyer (1922-1999), English footballer who played for Stoke City
  • Sir George Bowyer DL (1811-1883), 7th Baronet and 3rd Baronet, British Barrister-at-Law and Liberal politician
  • Admiral Sir George Bowyer (1740-1800), 5th and 1st Baronet, British naval officer and politician
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bowyer Historic Events


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Bowyer Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Walter F Bowyer (b. 1922), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas R Bowyer (b. 1916), English Ordinary Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Barnton, Cheshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Contentment passe richesse
Motto Translation: Contentment surpasses riches.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. 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.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    11. ...

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