|Region of origin||Yorkshire|
|Meaning||by the water|
Bywater // is an uncommon English surname of Anglo-Saxon origin and can most frequently be found in the English region of Yorkshire. It is a topographical surname given to those who were situated near a body of water.
Bywater is an uncommon surname of Anglo-Saxon origin. It is a topographical surname given to those who were situated near a body of water. The name derives from the merger of the Old English words bi (Middle English: by) and waeter (Middle English: water) to form biwaeter.
Topographical surnames are among the earliest created, because natural and artificial features in the landscape provided easily identifiable and distinguishing names among small communities in medieval England.
For such a simple topographical surname, it has experienced very little geographical dispersal in its descendants, and the vast majority of people with the surname are to this day still located in the Yorkshire region. The name can also be found to an even lesser extent in London and other parts of the UK, as well as former British colonies in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, who themselves are descendants from individuals who emigrated from Yorkshire.
- Hector Charles Bywater, an English naval expert, author and WWI spy obscurely famous for accurately predicting WWII in the Pacific.
- Hetti Bywater, British actress
- Ingram Bywater, an English classical scholar
- Jim Bywater, British actor
- Michael Bywater, an English writer
- Richard Arthur Samuel Bywater, recipient of the George Cross
- Ron Bywater, an Australian rules footballer
- Stephen Bywater, an English footballer
- Terry Bywater, British Paralympic athlete in wheelchair basketball
- "Surname: Bywater". Internet Surname Database. Retrieved 2010-05-29.
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