The English surname Fowler is an occupational name for a bird-catcher (a common medieval occupation), derived from the Middle English term fogelere, foulere (Old English fugelere, a derivative of fugol ‘bird’). The first recording of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Fugelere, which was dated 1218, witness in the "Assize Court Rolls of Lancashire." The name reached the New World in the early 17th Century, when it is recorded that one George Fowler, aged 22, sailed aboard the "Primrose" in July 1635, bound for Virginia. Today there are approximately 102,000 bearers of the surname Fowler living in the United States.
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