The name ‘Bowen’ originates from Wales. It is a derivative of the patronymic name ‘Owen’, with fusion of the element ‘ap’, ab. In Irish it is an Anglicised form of Gaelic ‘O Budhachain’ a descendant from ‘Buadach’, a diminitive of ‘Buadach’. Variants: ‘Boohan’, ‘Bohane’, ‘(O’)Bough(h)an’, ‘(O’)Boghan’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Bowen’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 14th century were a Welsh family called ‘Bowen’ trace their ancestry to ‘Llewelyn ap Owen’, living in Pembrokes in 1364. One of his son’s was recorded with the surname ‘Bowen’ in 1424. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘William Bowen’, aged 20, a bricklayer by trade, from the County of Surrey , England. He emigrated to North America in 1773, sailing from the Port of London aboard the ship named the ‘Susanna’ on the 18th of December 1773, arrivin… Coat of arms: Azure, a lion rampant with an orle of rose…
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