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Bowman Family History

Bowman Name Meaning
English and Scottish: occupational name for an archer, Middle English bow(e)man, bouman (from Old English boga ‘bow’ + mann ‘man’). This word was distinguished from Bowyer, which denoted a maker or seller of the articles. It is possible that in some cases the surname referred originally to someone who untangled wool with a bow. This process, which originated in Italy, became quite common in England in the 13th century. The vibrating string of a bow was worked into a pile of tangled wool, where its rapid vibrations separated the fibers, while still leaving them sufficiently entwined to produce a fine, soft yarn when spun.Americanized form of German Baumann (see Bauer) or the Dutch cognate Bouman.

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

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Name Distribution of Bowman Families

  • Number of Bowman families
     827 - 1,652
     276 - 826
     1 - 275
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Bowman families
     501 - 1,000
     168 - 500
     1 - 167
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Bowman families
     221 - 439
     74 - 220
     1 - 73
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bowman Family Origin

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Bowman Immigration Information

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Bowman Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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