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Recorded as Bowmaker, Bowman,Bowmen, Boman (English), Bohmann, Bohlin (German), Beauman (French), and probably others, this is an occupational surname of pre 7th century origins. It derives from the Saxon word 'boga' meaning a bow, and '-man,' in this context describing a man skilled in both the making and the operating of a 'bow'. However 'bow' or 'boga' did not necessarily mean an archery bow. The introduction of surnames coincided with the introduction of widescale textile manufacture, a 'bow' being used as part of the process of untangling and cleaning the wool. In addition 'Archer' was also a popular descriptive surname, whilst Fletcher could be a maker of arrows or a 'flesher' of skins...

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