Bowyer Name Meaning & Origin

Bowyer

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Bowyer, pronounced "BO-yer", is a masculine Old English surname taken from the traditional profession, a maker of bows.

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I named my third son Bowyer. It is a great name that really fits his tough and lively personally. Nickname variants include; Bo, Bowie, and Bo-Bo. His brothers names are Fletcher and Archer.

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This is an English occupational name for one who made or sold bows, an important and respected profession in medieval England. The bowyers and the fletchers (arrow smiths) always marched together in the trade processions. The poet John Skelton writes, in 'the Maner of the World', 'so many bowyers, so many fletchers, and so few good archers, saw I never'. The derivation of the name is from the Old English pre 7th Century 'boga', from 'bugan', to bend. Middle English 'bow' and thence 'bowyere'.

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Adrian Bowyer, British engineer and mathematician
Bernadette Bowyer, Canadian field hockey player
Bertram Bowyer, 2nd Baron Denham, British politician
Clint Bowyer, American racing driver
Charles Stuart Bowyer, astronomer
Frank Bowyer, English footballer
George Edward Wentworth Bowyer, 1st Baron Denham, British politician
Ian Bowyer, English footballer
Kevin Bowyer, English organist
Lee Bowyer, English footballer
Ruth Bowyer, a convict set to Australia on the First Fleet
Walt Bowyer, American football player
William Bowyer (printer), British printer
William Bowyer (1663-1737), British printer, father of the above William Bowyer
William Bowyer (artist), English artist and RA

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