Origin of the Name Bowers
The ancient history of the name Bowers
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'of the bower', Bowers is a locational name from someone who lived in a small cottage. Variants include Bower, Boarer, Bowerman and Bowring. This name is of Anglo-Celtic descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are an Agnes de Bowre, who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, in the year 1372 and a Richard atte Bowre, who was recorded in the 'Writs of Parliament' in the year 1306. In Scotland the name is taken from the old manor of Bower in the Parish of Drummelzier, Peeblesshire.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Bowers is also an occasional variant of MacCullagh in County Sligo.
The Bowers coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Bowers descendants.