history of bowyers

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Some are from counties in England and others from counties in southern Scotland.    http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=bowyer

Last name: Bowyer

This is an English occupational name for one who made or sold bows, an important and respected profession in medieval England. The bowyers and the fletchers (arrow smiths) always marched together in the trade processions. The poet John Skelton writes, in 'the Maner of the World', 'so many bowyers, so many fletchers, and so few good archers, saw I never'. The derivation of the name is from the Old English pre 7th Century 'boga', from 'bugan', to bend. Middle English 'bow' and thence 'bowyere'. In the modern idiom the name has three spellings, Bowyer, Boyer and Boayer. Church records include Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Bowyer, who was christened on August 15th 1540 in St. Mary Magdalenes, London, and Anne, daughter of Thomas Bowyer, who was christened on July 3rd 1548, in St. Mary's, Woolnoth, London. One Daniell Bowyer was one of the early settlers in America, leaving London on the 'George', in August 1635, bound for Virginia. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ailwardus le Bogiere, which was dated 1183, London Pipe Rolls, during the reign of King Henry 11, 'The Builder of Churches', 1154 - 1189. 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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In the 1500-1600 timeframe, many were in England.

Elizabethe Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    28 August 1559    Leigh, Stafford, England
residence:        Leigh, Stafford, England    
father:    Tho. Bowyer        

Anthonye Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    17 February 1560    Leigh, Stafford, England
residence:        Leigh, Stafford, England    
father:    William Bowyer        

Margreat Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    4 November 1585    Seighford, Stafford, England
residence:        Seighford, Stafford, England    
father:    William Gent. Bowyer
mother:    Mercie        

Ursula Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    4 February 1591    Seighford, Stafford, England
residence:        Seighford, Stafford, England    
father:    Willm Gent Bowyer
mother:    Mercie        

Alicia Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    28 June 1571    Ashley, Stafford, England
residence:        Ashley, Stafford, England    
father:    Andree Bowyer        

Georgius Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    9 November 1571    Biddulph, Stafford, England
residence:        Biddulph, Stafford, England    
father:    Willimi Bowyer
mother:    Ane        

Richard Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    1584    CALNE, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND
residence:        Calne, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Richardi Bowyer        

Ales Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    1581    CALNE, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND
residence:        Calne, Wiltshire, England            

Kingborowe Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    1580    WESTBURY, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND
residence:        Westbury, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Richardi Bowyer        

Matheus Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    1574    WESTBURY, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND
residence:        Westbury, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Rogeri Bowyer        

Robertus Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    1557    WESTBURY, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND
residence:        Westbury, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Rogeri Bowyer        

Elizabetha Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    1573    WESTBURY, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND
residence:        Westbury, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Rogeri Bowyer        

Margareta Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    1563    WESTBURY, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND
residence:        Westbury, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Rogeri Bowyer        

Katharena Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    14 March 1575    Westbury, Wiltshire, England
residence:        Westbury, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Roberti Bowyer        

Willimus Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    21 February 1577    Westbury, Wiltshire, England
residence:        Westbury, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Roberti Bowyer        

Margareta Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    26 December 1578    Westbury, Wiltshire, England
residence:        Westbury, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Rogeri Bowyer        

Margareta Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    9 January 1563    Westbury, Wiltshire, England
residence:        Westbury, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Rogeri Bowyer        

Elenora Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    11 February 1565    Westbury, Wiltshire, England
residence:        Westbury, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Rogeri Bowyer        

Elizabetha Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    19 July 1573    Westbury, Wiltshire, England
residence:        Westbury, Wiltshire, England    
father:    Rogeri Bowyer        

Barbara Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    13 October 1588    Ludham, Norfolk, England
residence:        Ludham, Norfolk, England    
father:    Richard Bowyer
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John Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    4 May 1585    St. Mary's, Kidderminster, Worcester, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England    
father:    Edward Bowyer
mother:    Joane        

Anthony Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    7 October 1583    St. Mary's, Kidderminster, Worcester, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England    
father:    William Bowyer
mother:    Marye        

Thomas Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    21 June 1587    St. Mary's, Kidderminster, Worcester, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England    
father:    William Bowyer
mother:    Marye        

Michell Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    29 September 1599    St. Mary's, Kidderminster, Worcester, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England    
father:    John Bowyer        

Agnes Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    25 January 1546    St. Mary's, Kidderminster, Worcester, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England    
father:    John Bowyer        

Alice Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    20 September 1553    St. Mary's, Kidderminster, Worcester, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England    
father:    John Bowyer        

Nicholas Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    25 March 1550    St. Mary's, Kidderminster, Worcester, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England    
father:    Nicholas Bowyer        

Joane Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    25 January 1546    St. Mary's, Kidderminster, Worcester, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England    
father:    John Bowyer        

Henry Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    18 May 1567    St. Mary's, Kidderminster, Worcester, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England    
father:    Nicholas Bowyer
mother:    Amye        

Thomas Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    28 January 1599    St. Mary's, Kidderminster, Worcester, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England    
father:    Edward Bowyer        

Thomas Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    17 August 1600    St. Mary's, Kidderminster, Worcester, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England    
father:    Jeames Bowyer        

William Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    16 January 1550    Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcester, England    
father:    John Bowyer        

John Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    29 May 1549    Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
death:    29 May 1549    
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcester, England    
father:    Nicholas Bowyer        

Margaret Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    16 February 1568    Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcester, England    
father:    Nicholas Bowyer
mother:    Amye        

Henry Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    18 May 1567    Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcester, England    
father:    Nicholas Bowyer
mother:    Amye        

Jeames Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    25 July 1565    Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcester, England    
father:    Nicholas Bowyer
mother:    Amye        

John Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    31 October 1574    Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcester, England    
father:    William Bowyer
mother:    Margaret        

John Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    4 May 1585    Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcester, England    
father:    Edward Bowyer
mother:    Joane        

Thomas Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    17 August 1600    Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
residence:        Kidderminster, Worcester, England    
father:    Jeames Bowyer        

Margaret Bowyer
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
christening:    1577    SAINT MICHAELS, BISHOPS STORTFORD, HERTFORD, ENGLAND
residence:        Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

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