Bowry and Strutt
Does anyone here know the meaning or origin of the surnames Bowry or Strutt? I think Bowry may have originated possibly in east London but I'm not sure of the origins of Strutt. Thanks.
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Is Bowry an English surname? I've never heard it before. If it is English maybe it's another form of Bowra/Bowrer, for which names Reaney's Dictionary of British Surnames gives "dweller or worker at the bower".
Reaney's explanation of Strutt is that it's from the Old Danish strut or Old Norse strutr. He doesn't bother to translate strut(r), and he doesn't say whether this is a given name or a nickname.
K.H.Rogers "More Vikings and Surnames" is more helpful. This author tells us that Strutt meant a pointed hood, also that someone of this name is listed in the Domesday Book. So I'm guessing it's a nickname or a male given name that started out as a nickname.
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Bowery is another name for a farm, i believe
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That's true, but not, I believe, in English. However the French surname Bouverie ("cattle shed?") is found in England. I suppose that Bowry could have developed from that.
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Yes Bowry is English as far as I know but I have also seen people of Asian origin and a Jamaican with the surname Bowry.
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