Meaning and Origin of: Bowes

Family name origins & meanings

  • Northern English : habitational name from Bowes (formerly in North Yorkshire, now in County Durham), or from some other place so called, the place name being derived from the plural of Old Englishboga ‘bow’, here referring to bends in a river (seeBow).
  • Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhaigh (see Bogue).