Bowie (surname)

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Bowie
Gender Unisex
Language(s) English
Origin
Language(s) 1. Gaelic
2. Irish
Word/Name 1. buidhe
2. Ó Buadhaigh
Meaning 1. "yellow", "fair-haired"
2. "descendant of Buadhach"
Other names
See also Bogue; Buadhach; Buidheach; Bhuidheach; Ó Buadhaigh; Mac'IlleBhuidh; Nic'IlleBhuidh

Bowie is an Irish and Scottish surname. The name can be derived from the Gaelic nickname buidhe, meaning "yellow", "fair-haired". The surname can also be an Anglicised form of the Irish surname Ó Buadhaigh;[1] this surname means "descendant of Buadhach".[2] The personal name Buadhach means "victorious". The surname Bowie is rendered in Scottish Gaelic as Buidheach (masculine)[3] and Bhuidheach (feminine), as well as Mac'IlleBhuidh (masculine)[3] and Nic'IlleBhuidh (feminine).

Early instances of the surname in Scotland, recorded in 1481, are: Boye, Bowy, and Boee.[4][5]

A family of the surname, the Bowie family, was one of the colonial families of Maryland with John Bowie, Sr. being the first Bowie in the colony.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, retrieved 25 September 2010  which cited Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4.  for the surname "Bowie".
  2. ^ Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, retrieved 25 September 2010  which cited Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4.  for the surname "Bogue".
  3. ^ a b Mark, Colin (2006), The Gaelic-English Dictionary, London: Routledge, pp. 718, 720, ISBN 0-203-22259-8 
  4. ^ Reaney, Percy Hilde (1995), Wilson, Richard Middlewood, ed., A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 57, ISBN 0-19-863146-4 .
  5. ^ Black, George Fraser (1946), The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History, New York: New York Public Library, p. 92 .
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Hall, Clayton Colman (1912). Baltimore: Its History and Its People, vol.3. Lewis Historical Publishing Co. pp. 304–306. 
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  9. ^ Fleming, J . A. (1951), William Bowie, 1872—1940 A Biographical Memoir, Washington D.C.: National Academy of Sciences, pp. 61–63 
  10. ^ Hall, Clayton Colman (1912). Baltimore: Its History and Its People, vol.3. Lewis Historical Publishing Co. pp. 300–301.