Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
I have not found the surname in any surname dictionary and a search of the Internet produces a number of different possibilities:
I have been told a story that has been past down a couple of family lines from Henry BOWRIE (m: 1588) that Heathrow Airport was built on BOWRY land. There is still a Bowry House and a Bowry Drive in Wraybury, Berkshire. One great grandson of Henry, Edmund, was a churchwarden at the neighbouring village of Horton, Buckinghamshire and has his name inscribed on one of church bells there.
Early examples of the surname, according to one website, include:
(source: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Bowry 29 Sep 2013)
I am slowly working through the transcribed English Poll Tax returns for 1377, 1379 and 1381 and, so far, have found a number of instances of BOUR, BOURE, atte BOURE and de la BOURE in Bedfordshire, Essex, Herefordshire and Leicestershire. It is very possible that all or some of these are bynames rather than surnames. I have, however, found the following more interesting entries:
It is hoped that this One-Name study will identify whether the first four are actually variants of BOWRY or of another surname.
The BOWRY surname is relatively rare, there only being in the region of 350 instances of it (and its registered variants) in the 1881 UK national census.
(source: www.ancestry.co.uk 29 Sep 2013)
The current, worldwide population sharing the surname (and its registered variants) is in the region of 3700. (See *Distribution of the Name* below.)
(source: www.worldname.publicprofiler.org 26 Sep 2013)
The current, worldwide distribution of the name (and its registered variants) is a follows:
(source: www.worldname.publicprofiler.org with 2012 populations from www.google.co.uk 26 Sep 2013)
In India, the surname (found as BOWRY and BOWRIE) is primarily found in the Maharastra region. As far as I can tell at this stage, this is appears to be a separate, native Indian surname rather than an Anglo-Indian surname.
Within the UK the surname, although relatively rare, is widely spread within England and occurs in Wales but, as far as is known at this stage, not in Scotland or elsewhere. Historically, from the limited analysis I have carried out, it appears that the name may have originated around Buckinghamshire (or, perhaps, Gloucestershire) and County Durham. Whether the two centres represent to separate points of origin or there was one point of origin together with an early migration from one of the areas to the other is not yet known.
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