Origins of the Bown name.
The name BOWN is believed to
have come over as 'De Bohun', from the La Manche region in
A Humphrey De Bohun
was recorded as owning land in the
Henry De Bohun 1st Earl of Hereford, had the title bestowed upon him on 28 April 1200 by King John.
Over the years De Bohun became Boun, and then Bown or Boon.
The book A dictionary of English Surnames by Reaney & Wilson, puts the name Bown within the group
Boon, Boone, Bone, Bown, Bowne.
It also gives the following information:
Hunfridus de Bohun 1086 DB (NF); Winfridus de Bowhun 1120-3 EngFeud; William de Boun 1119 Colch (Ess); Matildis de Bohun Hy 2 DC (L); John de Bown 1275 RH (Sx); Reginald Boon 1279 RH (C); From Bohun (La Manche). Bohuns Hall (Essex) is Boneshall 1540, Bowneshall 1604 (PN Ess 305) and is now pronounced Boons Hall.
Abbreviation used; NF =
Bowneshall in Tollesbury, Essex, re Calendar of the Patent Rolls Preserved in the Public Record Office by Great Britain Public Record Office - Patent rolls - 1939
The De Bohun badge, was of a chained swan, whilst the De Bohun shield was azure blue, with a silver diagonal band, edged with gold, between six gold rampant lions, three each above and below.
Some Bohun's of note are listed below
1086 Humphrey De Bohun Landowner in
1200 - 1220 Henry de Bohun 1st Earl of Hereford
1220 - 1274
Humphrey de Bohun 2nd Earl of Hereford,
1274 - 1298
Humphrey de Bohun II 3rd Earl of Hereford,
1298 - 1322
Humphrey de Bohun III 4th Earl of Hereford,
1326 - 1336 John
de Bohun 5th Earl of Hereford,
1336 - 1360 William de Bohun Earl of
1336 - 1363 Humphrey de Bohun IV 6th Earl of Hereford and Essex
1360 - 1373
Humphrey de Bohun V 7th Earl of Hereford and Essex and
Mary de Bohun married Henry of Bolingbroke,
Duke of Buckinghamshire, in 1380 aged 10.
Her husband became King Henry IV of
1413-1422 Their son becomes Henry V(1387-1422)
1422 Henry V1, son of Henry V and Katherine of France.