Bow Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of bows, from Middle English bow (Old English boga, from bugan ‘to bend’). Before the invention of gunpowder, the bow was an important long-range weapon for shooting game as well as in warfare. Boga is also found as a personal name in Old English, and it is possible that this survived into Middle English and so may lie behind the surname in some instances. In other cases (for example, Richard atte Bowe, 1306), the name is topographic, from the same word in the transferred sense ‘arched bridge’, ‘river bend’, an allusion to their similarity in shape to a drawn bow. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhaigh (see Bogue).

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


Similar surnames: Box, Low, Brow, Bos, Boe, Bon, Dow, Rowe, Bo, Bone

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Bow Family Origin

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Bow Family Occupations

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  • Blacksmith

    14%
  • Carter

    14%
  • Druggist

    14%
  • Farmer

    14%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bow family was Farmer. The most common Bow occupation in Canada was Blacksmith. 14% of Bow's were Blacksmiths. Blacksmith, Carter and Druggist were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bow.

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Between 1944 and 2003, Bow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bow in 1944 was 36, and 80 in 2003.

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