Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: occupational name for a bow maker, Older Scots
bowar, equivalent to English Bowyer.
and Scottish: from Middle English bur, bour ‘bower’,
‘cottage’, ‘inner room’ (Old English būr), hence a
topographic name for someone who lived in a small cottage, an
occupational name for a house servant who attended his master in his
private quarters (see Bowerman), or a habitational name from
any of various places, for example in Essex, named Bower or Bowers
from this word.
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