Gowars History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Gowars is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Gowars family lived in the district north of Paris which is known in Old French as Gohiere. There are also numerous places in Normandy called Gouy, to which the Anglo-Norman French suffix er was added to make "Gower."
Early Origins of the Gowars family
The surname Gowars was first found in Yorkshire, where a family of Gower, ancestors of the Duke of Sutherland, held a family seat in Stittenham Township. "Descended from Sir Nicholas Gower, knight of the shire for this county in the reign of Edward III., and seated at Stittenham from about the same period." Another reference is more specific, "All of Antiquities agree that this family is one of the oldest in the county of York, though they differ as to its patriarch, whom some say will have to be Sir Alan Gowers, said to be sheriff of that county at the time of the Norman Conquest, while others with greater probability assert that it descended from on Guhyer, whose son, called William Fitz-Guher of Stittenham, was charged with a mark for his lands in the sheriff's account in 1167."  It is generally agreed that Gower the Poet was from the Stittenham stock.  Today Stittenham is a township in the parish of Sheriff with as few as 92 inhabitants in the late 1800s. 
Important Dates for the Gowars family
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Gowars 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 Gowars include Gower, Gowers, Gowar, Gowars, Goward, Gore, Goher, Gurr, Goer and many more.
Early Notables of the Gowars family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Henry Gower, a bishop of St. David's around 1347; John Gower (c. 1330-1408), an English poet and acquired the Lordship of Aldington, Kent in 1365, He was probably nephew and heir-male of Sir Robert Gower of Kent, remembered mainly for three long poems; Sir Thomas Gower (1543-1577), the son of Sir Edward Gower, a knight of Stittenham, Yorkshire, was the marshal of Berwick; George Gower was a sergeant-painter around the year 1585, and the grandson of Sir John Gower of...
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Migration of the Gowars family to Ireland
Some of the Gowars family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gowars family
In England 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 Gowarss to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Gower, who settled in Virginia in 1606; Richard Gower, who settled in Virginia in 1637; Nicholas Gower, who settled in Virginia in 1638; John Gower, who settled in Virginia in 1653.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.