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Bowler Coat of Arms / Bowler Family Crest

Bowler Coat of Arms / Bowler Family Crest

The surname of BOWLER was an occupational name derived from the Old French word 'bolle' a maker of wooden bowls and dishes. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention John Foune Boller, 1273, County Yorkshire. John le Bolur was documented in County Oxford, ibid. Stephen le Bolur was recorded in County Yorkshire in the year 1301. Angellet, daughter of Thomas Bowler was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1700. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. The name was taken to Ireland by settlers, and until recently was found exclusively in County Kerry, where the majority of families of the name still live, and where it has been established for a very long time, giving its name to the townlands of Ballybowler North and Ballybowler South in the barony of Corkaguiny. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The name is also spelt Bouler. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

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