Bowden Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Bowden Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places called Bowden or Bowdon. Bowden in Devon and Derbyshire and Bowdon in Cheshire are named with Old English boga ‘bow’ + dun ‘hill’, i.e. ‘hill shaped like a bow’; one in Leicestershire (Bugedone in Domesday Book) comes, according to Ekwall, from the Old English personal name Buga (masculine) or Bucge (feminine) + dun. There are also Scottish places of this name, but there are comparatively few bearers of the surname Bowden north of the border. In England the surname is found most frequently in Lancashire and in the West Country. In Devon and Cornwall there has been some confusion with the Norman personal name Baldwin. English: habitational name from Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, so named with the Old English phrase bufan dune ‘on, upon the hill’. The surname may also have arisen as a topographic name from the same phrase used independently, for someone who lived at the top of a hill. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadáin ‘descendant of Buadán’, an Old Irish personal name.

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

Similar surnames: Howden, Cowden, Boden, Bogdan, Burden, Rowden, Bowes, Dowden, Borden

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Bowden Family Origin

Where is the Bowden family from?


Bowden Family Occupations

What did your Bowden ancestors do for a living?

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bowden ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

  • Farmer

  • Servant

  • School

  • Carpenter


In 1881, the most common Bowden occupation in Canada was Farmer. 14% of Bowden's were Farmers. Farmer, Servant and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bowden. A less common occupation for the Bowden family was Carpenter.

Source: Census data for Bowden | Data not to scale

Bowden Historical Records

What Bowden family records will you find?

Census records can give you a fascinating window into the day-to-day lives of your Bowden ancestors - like hours worked per week, level of education, veteran status, employers, and more.

Search 1881 Canadian census records for Bowden

Solve your own mystery as you explore your history.

Bowden Life Expectancy

What is the average Bowden lifespan?

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bowden ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.


United States

Famous Bowden Family

Is anyone famous hiding in your tree?

Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)
Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)

John Philip Sousa1854 - 1932 (77)
Babe Ruth1895 - 1948 (53)
Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)
John Philip Sousa1854 - 1932 (77)
Babe Ruth1895 - 1948 (53)
Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Look up another name