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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In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Bow. 22% of Bow men worked as a Farmer

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Cook

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income

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Bow Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2003, in the United States, 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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