Bowyer Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Bowyer Family History

If you are conducting some Bowyer family history research then you can view the Bowyer coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Bowyer surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


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The Bowyer ancient family history was found in the archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Bowyer include Boyer and Bowyear. This is an occupational name taken from the old word 'bowyere' meaning 'the bow-maker' from a person who had the ancient trade of making bows. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that above country. Examples of such are a William le Boghyere of County Sussex and a William le Bowiere of London who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273.

Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by the method of creating and updating these old reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.

In Ireland this name has been on record in County Dublin since the year 1644 and has since become associated with Counties Longford and Westmeath. The Bowyer family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Bowyer descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Bowyer Coat of Arms

Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Bend A bearing of High Honour which signifies Defence or Protection.
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