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Bowen Coat of Arms / Bowen Family Crest

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This surname BOWEN is a baptismal name 'the son of Owen' from the Welsh Ap-Owen. The name dates back to 1086, and BOWN (without surname) was recorded in County Essex at that time. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book. Other records of the name mention Madocus ap Owen 1192 in Wales. Lewis ap Owen was the archdeacon of Cardigan in 1487. Daniel, son of John Abowen was baptised at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in the year 1568. Thomas Bowen Co. Carmarthen, registered at Oxford University in the year 1588. Arnold Bowen was the prebendary of St. David's in the year of 1691. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property. A Welsh family called Bowen, trace their ancestry to Llewelyn ap Owen, living in Pembrokeshire in 1364. One of his sons was recorded with the name Bowen in 1424. A notable member of the name was Elizabeth Dorothea Cole BOWEN (1899-1973) the Irish novelist and short story writer, born in County Cork, the daughter of a wealthy barrister and land-owner. Her works include 'The Hotel' (1927) and 'The Death of the Heart' (1938).

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