The name Bowynn reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Bowynn family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bowynn family lived in Sussex
. Their name, however, does not refer to that area, but to their former place of residence, the town of Bohun
, in the French maritime department of La Manche, in western Normandy.
Early Origins of the Bowynn family
The surname Bowynn was first found in Sussex
. Humphrey with the Beard (died c. 1113) was a Norman soldier and nobleman fought in the Norman Conquest
of 1066 and is the earliest known ancestor of the de Bohun family. He had three sons: Robert de Bohun, who had no issue; Richard de Bohun, progenitor through the female line, of the Bohuns of Midhurst; and Humphrey I de Bohun (died c.1123) who through marriage became "the founder of the fortunes of his family." His son, Humphrey II de Bohun (died 1165) continued the lineage. His son, Henry de Bohun (1176-1220), was the 1st Earl of Hereford and Hereditary Constable of England
from 1199 to 1220.
Early History of the Bowynn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowynn research.Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1220, 1215, 1275, 1298, 1342, 1373, 1368, 1394, 1587, 1660, 1645, 1699, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Bowynn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bowynn Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bowynn include Bohon, Bohun, Bone, Boon, Boone, Bohan, Bound and many more.
Early Notables of the Bowynn family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Humphrey VII de Bohun (d. 1298), 3rd Earl of Hereford and 2nd Earl of Essex
, who, along with Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk
, led the barons in opposition to King Edward I; Humphrey de Bohun (1342-1373), 7th (and last) Earl of Hereford, 6th... Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowynn family to Ireland
Some of the Bowynn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 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 Bowynn family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Bowynns to arrive on North American shores: Lawrence Bohun, who arrived in Virginia in 1610; Ann Bone, who settled in Virginia in 1663; William Bone settled in Virginia in 1643; John Bone settled in Maryland in 1747.
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