Gowers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Gowers reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Gowers 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 Gowers family
The surname Gowers 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. 
The Gower spelling was generally adopted about the time of Edward I, but early records show the wide variety of spellings in use at that time. By example, "Adelard de Guer witnessed a charter of Geoffrey de Mandeville, Earl of Essex, 1136; from which family Roger de Guer held a fief in 1165 when Hugh de Goher held a fee from the Earl of Warwick. William Guhier obtained a pardon in Oxford 1158 being also of Essex, for after 1152 the Abbey of Tilteney, Essex, acquired lands of the fief of William Goer. This William Guhier or Goer was Lord of Stittenham in Yorkshire, and was dead A.D. 1200. "
Early History of the Gowers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gowers research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1195, 1198, 1130, 1347, 1325, 1408, 1365, 1543, 1577, 1575, 1585, 1638, 1711 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Gowers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gowers Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gowers family name include Gower, Gowers, Gowar, Gowars, Goward, Gore, Goher, Gurr, Goer and many more.
Early Notables of the Gowers family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Henry Gower, (d. 1347), Bishop of St. David's and "was sprung from a noble family who settled probably in the English-speaking peninsula of Gower, not far from Swansea." 
John Gower (1325?-1408), was 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.
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Migration of the Gowers family to Ireland
Some of the Gowers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gowers migration to the United States +
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Gowers family to immigrate North America:
Gowers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M Gowers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 
- W Gowers, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 
Gowers migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Gowers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Josh. Gowers, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849 
Contemporary Notables of the name Gowers (post 1700) +
- J. Kenneth "Ken" Gowers (1936-2017), English professional rugby league footballer from Wigan, Lancashire
- Gillian Gowers (b. 1964), retired English Olympic female badminton player
- Bruce Gowers, English music video director best known for children's music video Kidsongs
- Ernest Gowers GCB, GBE (1880-1966), British civil servant, now best known for work on style guides for writing the English language
- Patrick Gowers (b. 1936), English composer known for his film scores
- William Timothy Gowers FRS (b. 1963), British mathematician awarded a Fields Medal in 1998
- Andrew Gowers (b. 1969), former Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn and Brisbane in the Australian Football League
- Andrew Gowers (b. 1957), appointed editor of the Financial Times in October 2001
- Sir William Richard Gowers (1845-1915), British neurologist
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The Gowers 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: Frangas non flectes
Motto Translation: Thou may'st break, but shalt not bend me.
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- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "MADAWASKA" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Madawaska.htm