The surname "Bowman" is of English origin and is derived from an occupational name. It is a surname commonly associated with individuals who were skilled archers or bowmen. The term "bowman" refers to a person who uses a bow and arrow, traditionally in warfare or hunting. In medieval times, archery was an essential skill in warfare, and bowmen played a significant role on the battlefield. The name "Bowman" likely originated as a nickname or occupational name for someone who excelled in archery or made bows. The surname "Bowman" is found throughout the English-speaking world, particularly in England, Scotland, and the United States. Variations of the surname include "Boweman" and "Boman." Over time, the name may have been anglicized or spelled differently depending on regional dialects and individual preferences.