Original spelling of surname was Bauman, when family lived in Krystynople, Ukraine. Sara, wife of Abram Bauman arrived in America in 1907; the spelling of her surname was changed at Ellis Island to Bowman. Her children (except for Benjamin) retained the spelling Bauman. Benjamin kept the spelling of Bowman which descended to my line. My name, Baumann, is my married name.. a quirk of fate.