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This interesting surname has two origins. Firstly, it can be of Welsh origin, being a patronymic form of the Welsh personal name "Owain", itself coming from the Latin "Eugenius", which derives from the Greek "Eugenios", meaning well-born or noble, with the Welsh patronymic element "ab" or "ap", son of; hence, "son of Owen". Secondly, it can be of Irish origin, being an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "O'Buadhachain", the prefix "O", meaning grandson or descendant of, and "Buadhach", a personal name meaning "victorious"; hence, "descendant of Buadhach". The surname dates back to the late 13th Century (see below), and John Bowen was recorded in the 1305 Register of the Freemen of the City of York...

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Sandy Bowen

i am trying to find anyone connected to my dad RONALD GEORGE BOWEN born 1929 , he died in 2015, his dad was FREDERICK G BOWEN born in 1906 died in 1993, would like to hear from anyone connected to them please as know NOTHING about my dad's side of the family


Looking for info James Bowen b Ireland 1835; died Iowa, US 1912

Janie Johnson

I am Janie Bowen Johnson. My father was Thomas Monroe Bowen Jr. I do not know much about this side of my family but would like to

Hannah Joy

Any one with the variation BOAEN?

Tom Bowen

Earliest Bowen who traveled to the United States?


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