The surname Gowler was derived from the Middle English words: "gaveler", "goveler" or "gouler," translating into "usurer" which in turn was derived from the Old English word "gafol" meaning "tribute, rent, interest." Therefore, one can presume that the name was originally an occupational
Early Origins of the Gowler family
The surname Gowler was first found in Dorset
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the Pipe Rolls
of 1206 where Ralph Gaulere held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Gowler family
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Gowler Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gowler were recorded, including Goawler, Gowler, Goveler, Gaveler and others.
Early Notables of the Gowler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gowler family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Gowler family emigrate to North America:
Gowler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- George R. Gowler, aged 44, who arrived in America from Havana, Cuba, in 1912
Contemporary Notables of the name Gowler (post 1700)
- David B. Gowler GC, American author, professor at Oxford College of Emory, NC
- Vicki Gowler GC, American editor of the Idaho Statesman
- Oliver Gowler GC (1812-1865), English-born Canadian pioneer farmer in Manitoba, Canada, eponym of Gowler Road in Winnipeg