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Bowden Family History

Bowden Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of several places called Bowden or Bowdon. Bowden in Devon and Derbyshire and Bowdon in Cheshire are named with Old English boga ‘bow’ + dun ‘hill’, i.e. ‘hill shaped like a bow’; one in Leicestershire (Bugedone in Domesday Book) comes, according to Ekwall, from the Old English personal name Buga (masculine) or Bucge (feminine) + dun. There are also Scottish places of this name, but there are comparatively few bearers of the surname Bowden north of the border. WN In England the surname is found most frequently in Lancashire and in the West Country. In Devon and Cornwall there has been some confusion with the Norman personal name Baldwin.English: habitational name from Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, so named with the Old English phrase bufan dune ‘on, upon the hill’. The surname may also have arisen as a topographic name from the same phrase used independently, for someone who lived at the top of a hill.Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadáin ‘descendant of Buadán’, an Old Irish personal name.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Bowden Families

  • Number of Bowden families
     99 - 195
     34 - 98
     1 - 33
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Bowden families
     817 - 1,632
     273 - 816
     1 - 272
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Bowden families
     30 - 58
     11 - 29
     1 - 10
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bowden Family Origin

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Bowden Immigration Information

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Bowden Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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