Bower

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This family first appeared in Jersey records in 1781 when soldier William Bower married Elizabeth Vibert in St Lawrence, just seven months after the Battle of Jersey. Perhaps William fought in the battle in January that year, when the French were defeated in the Royal Square


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A St Brelade register for 1586 showing the burial of Brelade de Bowery

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Origins of surname

This is an Anglo-Saxon surname of somewhat doubtful derivation. It might be derived from the word bur, meaning a cottage, the suffix -er meaning 'dweller at'. It could also have been the name for a house servant. An alternative view is that it is a variant of Bowyer, a maker of bows.

Early records

The first baptisms in Jersey records were the children of William Bowyer and Elizabeth Vibert in St Mary from 1781 to 1789. The couple married in St Lawrence in 1781, three days after the baptism of the first child.

Variants

  • Bower
  • Bowers
  • Bowyer

Family records

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Births and baptisms



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Great War service


Sons of Philip Francis Bower and Cecilia Queree

  • Arthur Le Blancq Bower (1894- ) (St My) Sapper, RE
  • Snowden Bower (1898- ) (St My) Gunner, Royal Field Artillery


  • Eli Bowers (1885-1943) (Staffordshire) son of Eli and Fanny, Lieutenant, RMIJ, Prisoner of War Camp Adjutant
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