Type Surname (from occupation & from location)
Other Forms FormsBowyer, Bowar, Bowerman, Bowers, Bour
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Meaning & History
Scottish: occupational name for a bow maker, Older Scots bowar, equivalent to English BOWYER. English and Scottish: from Middle English bur, bour ‘bower’, ‘cottage’, ‘inner room’ (Old English bur), hence a topographic name for someone who lived in a small cottage, an occupational name for a house servant who attended his master in his private quarters (see BOWERMAN), or a habitational name from any of various places, for example in Essex, named Bower or Bowers from this word.