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Bowland Family HistoryThis surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places named with the Olde English pre 7th Century "boga", bow (used in a transferred topographical sense to means "river-bend"), and "land", land. These places include: Bowland (Forest) in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, recorded as "Boelanda" in Early Lancashire Charters, dated 1102; Bowlands in East Yorkshire, and Bolland (Bolton-by-Bolland) in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Locational surnames were originally given to local landowners, and the lord of the manor, and especially to those former inhabitants who left their place of origin to settle elsewhere.
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