The English and Scottish surname Bowden is an habitational name from any of several places called Bowden or Bowdon. Bowden in Devon and Derbyshire and Bowdon in Cheshire are named with the Old English words boga meaning “bow” and dun meaning “hill,” i.e. “ a hill shaped like a bow.” The name is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. The earliest record of the name in the New World is in 1620 when Ambrose Bowden settled in Maine. Today there are approximately 24,000 bearers of the name Bowden living in the United States.
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