Last name: Bowes
This interesting name, generally found recorded in Northern England, is of early medieval English origin, and is locational from a place so called, formerly in North Yorkshire and now in county Durham. The placename is derived from the Middle English (1200 - 1500) word "boges", which means "the arches of a bridge"; thus, "a dweller at the bridge with arches". Locational surnames, such as this, were usually acquired by a local landowner, or by the lord of the manor, and especially by those former inhabitants of a place who had moved to another area, usually in search of work, and were thereafter best identified by the name of their birthplace. In the modern idiom the surname can be found recorded as Bowes and Bows. The surname was first recorded in the mid 13th Century (see below), and early recordings from London Church Registers include: the christening of William Bowes at St. Peter's, Westcheap, in July 1541, and the christening of Cecily, daughter of Martin Bowes, at St. Mary's, Woolnoth, in July 1563. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gerard de Bowes, which was dated 1269, witness in the "Assize Court Rolls of Northumberland", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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I'm a Bowes from NB, Canada!
Hi Keely, my Grandfather LeRoy is buried in Sackville NB. Edward (former publisher of The Borderer) was his grandfather.
Tom Bowes (Eden Mills Ontario)
Im a New Zealand Bowes,my ancestors came out from England on the early settler boats.
I'm a Bowes living in Manchester.
Most my family live near County Durham.
I am William Bowes from Texas!
My dad is a William Bowes from Rhode Island
my name is Jeremiah Bowes and from what i have been told by my grand father is that are family came from england and what is today germany/anglo saxon
My name is Annakaye Bowes and am from Jamaica
Hello sarah i was just checking my mothers maiden name bowes from castleford yorkshire and think there is more to discover can you help me she was always talking about horses and my grandfather often went to doncastor or tadcaster as my mother called it race course as he had race horses
I am writng a book with someone with this last name!
I'm a United States Bowes, descended from immigrants from near Kilkenny Ireland
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