The name Bowze is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a person who frequently used the informal Norman greeting beu sire,
which means good sir,
or fine sir.
Early Origins of the Bowze family
The surname Bowze 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 Bowze family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowze 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 Bowze History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bowze Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Bowser, Bouchier, Boucher, Bourchier, Bowesar, Bowsher and many more.
Early Notables of the Bowze 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 Bowze Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bowze family to Ireland
Some of the Bowze 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 Bowze family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Bowze or a variant listed above: 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..