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About the study
The BOWHAY One-Name Study grew from my attempts to trace the parentage of my g.g.g.grandfather Thomas BOWHAY (c1812-1888). He was a tin miner who lived in Calstock, Cornwall. Unfortunately the enigma of his parentage remains, but my collection of BOWHAY and variant data (from England and overseas) has grown greatly. The One-Name Study has resulted in a comprehensive database of births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials, wills and census information from 1841 to 1911.
The photograph is of William James Blake Bowhay of Tavistock who died 13 April 1918 in the First World War.
Distribution of the name
Regarding the BOWEY surname, these can be divided into two separate groups. Approximately half (probably deriving from the BOWHAY name) are mainly in the south of England. The other half are mainly in Northumberland and Durham, and may derive from a northern stem, perhaps BOWIE, as no connection with the Devon and Cornwall BOWHAY and BOWEY stems has been found.