Bowes Family History
Bowes Name Meaning
English (northern): habitational name from Bowes (formerly in North Yorkshire now in County Durham) or from some other place so called the placename being derived from the plural of Old English boga ‘bow’ here referring to bends in a river. Alternatively a topographic name for someone who lived ‘(at the) arches or bridge’. See Bow English: variant of Bow with excrescent -s. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhaigh (see Bogue ).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press