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Bowman Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name for an archer, Middle English bow(e)man, bouman (from Old English boga ‘bow’ + mann ‘man’). This word was distinguished from Bowyer, which denoted a maker or seller of the articles. It is possible that in some cases the surname referred originally to someone who untangled wool with a bow. This process, which originated in Italy, became quite common in England in the 13th century. The vibrating string of a bow was worked into a pile of tangled wool, where its rapid vibrations separated the fibers, while still leaving them sufficiently entwined to produce a fine, soft yarn when spun. Americanized form of German Baumann (see Bauer) or the Dutch cognate Bouman.

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


Similar surnames: Bodman, Bowden, Bozman, Lowman, Bouman, Boman, Plowman, Osman, Holman

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Bowman Family Origin

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Bowman Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    4%
  • Carpenter

    3%
  • Labourer

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bowman family was Labourer. The most common Bowman occupation in Canada was Farmer. 38% of Bowman's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bowman.

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