First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bowden

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International Interest
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Uncertain, but the most accepted theory is that it originated from the maiden name of the wife of a surveyor named Williamson, who named the settlement along the Edmonton–Calgary Trail. Another theory states it originated from the village of Bowdon in Greater Manchester, England.

  1. A town in Alberta, Canada.
  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Bowden

Notable Persons Named Bowden

Bowden Wyatt

Bowden Wyatt was a college coach. Bowden was born on October 4th, 1917 in Kingston, Tennessee. He breathed his last breath on January 21st, 1969.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Bowden

Notable Persons With the Last Name Bowden

Katrina Bowden

Katrina Bowden is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. Katrina was born on September 19th, 1988 in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Katrina is also known as Katie Bowden.

Bobby Bowden

Bobby Bowden is a college coach. Bobby was born on November 8th, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Tommy Bowden

Tommy Bowden is a college coach. Tommy was born on July 10th, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Terry Bowden

Terry Bowden is a college coach. Terry was born on February 25th, 1956 in Douglas, Georgia.

Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden is a writer. Mark was given the name Mark Robert Bowden on July 17th, 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.

Billy Bowden

Billy Bowden is a cricketer. Billy was born on April 11th, 1963 in Henderson, New Zealand.

  • Michael Bowden
    Baseball Player
  • Dominic Bowden
  • Dan Bowden
  • Joel Bowden
    Australian Rules Football Player
  • Caspar Bowden
  • Benjamin George Bowden
  • Lemuel Jackson Bowden
    Office Holder
  • Patrick Bowden
    Australian Rules Football Player
  • Harold Bowden
  • Bradley Bowden
  • Eric Bowden
  • Chip Bowden
    Football Player
  • George Bowden
  • George Edwin Bowden

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bowden U.S.
  White 73.29% 64.26%
  African American 21.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.44% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.97% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bowden

People with the last name Bowden are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Bowden

  • How Popular is the name Bowden? Bowden is the 20,154th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bowden was the 1,450th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bowden have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 367 babies born with the first name Bowden in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bowden to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bowden? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1976 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Bowden first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bowden is Monday, February 7th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Bowden born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bowden was in 2017 with a total of 44 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Bowden: The name spelled backwards is Nedwob. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Enwdob. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bowden? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 24,560 people with the last name Bowden.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bowden? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Bowden as their last name.
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