The Bowyere name was originally an Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to a maker or trader of bows.
Early Origins of the Bowyere family
The surname Bowyere was first found in Buckinghamshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bowyere family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowyere research.Another 120 words (9 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, 1767, 1649, 1642, 1644 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Bowyere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bowyere Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bowyere has undergone many spelling variations
, including Bowyer, Bowyers, Bowyere, Bowyear and others.
Early Notables of the Bowyere family (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; and... Another 112 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowyere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowyere family to Ireland
Some of the Bowyere family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bowyere family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Bowyere were among those contributors: Daniel Bowyer who settled in Virginia in 1635; Arthur Bowyer settled in west New Jersey in 1654 with his wife Grace; Henry Bowyer settled in Virginia in 1653.
The Bowyere 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.