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  • According to a user from California, United States, the name Bower is of Greek origin and means "Farmer".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bo"wer
  1. One who bows or bends.
  2. [Naut] An anchor carried at the bow of a ship.
  3. A muscle that bends a limb, esp. the arm.(Obs)"His rawbone arms, whose mighty brawned bowers Were wont to rive steel plates and helmets hew." [Spenser.]

Etymology: From Bow (v. & n.)

noun Bow"er
One of the two highest cards in the pack commonly used in the game of euchre.

Etymology: G. bauer a peasant. So called from the figure sometimes used for the knave in cards. See Boor

noun Bow"er
  1. Anciently, a chamber; a lodging room; esp., a lady's private apartment."Give me my lute in bed now as I lie, And lock the doors of mine unlucky bower." [Gascoigne.]
  2. A rustic cottage or abode; poetically, an attractive abode or retreat.
  3. A shelter or covered place in a garden, made with boughs of trees or vines, etc., twined together; an arbor; a shady recess.

Etymology: OE. bour bur, room, dwelling, AS. būr, fr. the root of AS. būan to dwell; akin to Icel. būr chamber, storehouse, Sw. būr cage, Dan. buur, OHG. pūr room, G. bauer cage, bauer a peasant. √97] Cf.Boor Byre

verb Bow"er
To embower; to inclose.
verb Bow"er
To lodge.
noun Bow"er
A young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest.

Etymology: From Bough, cf. Brancher

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A framework that supports climbing plants
  2. Enclose in a bower

From Old English būr, from Proto-Germanic *būraz. Cognate with German Bauer (“birdcage”), Old Norse búr (Danish bur, Swedish bur (“cage”)).

  1. A bedroom or private apartments, especially for a woman in a medieval castle.
  2. (literary) A dwelling; a picturesque country cottage, especially one that is used as a retreat.
  3. A shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods.
  4. (ornithology) A large structure made of grass and bright objects, used by the bower bird during courtship displays.

From Middle English boueer, from Old English būr, ġebūr (“freeholder of the lowest class, peasant, farmer”) and Middle Dutch bouwer (“farmer, builder, peasant”); both from Proto-Germanic *būraz (“dweller”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw- (“to dwell”). Cognate with German Bauer (“peasant, builder”), Dutch boer, buur, and Albanian burrë (“man, husband”). See boor, neighbor.

  1. A peasant; a farmer.

From German Bauer.

  1. Either of the two highest trumps in euchre.

From the bow of a ship

  1. (nautical) A type of ship's anchor, carried at the bow.
  2. One who bows or bends.
  3. One who plays any of several bow instruments, such as the musical bow or diddley bow.
  4. A muscle that bends a limb, especially the arm.

From bough, compare brancher.

  1. (obsolete, falconry) A young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest.

    Notable Persons Named Bower

    Bower was born on May 30th, 1888 in Chillicothe, Missouri. He breathed his last breath on December 10th, 1949.


    Bower Featherstone is a civil service and civil servant. Bower was born in 1940. Bower is also known as Bower Edward Featherstone.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bower

    Jamie Campbell Bower is an actor, singer, and model. He was most prominent from 2007 to present. Jamie was given the name James Metcalfe Campbell Bower on November 22nd, 1988 in London. Jamie is also known as James Metcalfe Campbell Bower (full name).


    Johnny Bower is a soccer player. He was most prominent from 1945 to 1969. Johnny was born on November 8th, 1924 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.


    Her career lasted from 1959 to 1992. Antoinette was born on September 30th, 1932 in Baden-Baden.


    He was most active from 1973 to 1973. Tom was born in 1938 in Denver.


    Jimmy Bower is a heavy metal music, sludge metal, thrash metal, and hardcore punk musician. His ongoing career started in 1988. Jimmy was born on September 19th, 1968.


    Michael Ray Bower is an actor. He was most active from 1988 to present. Michael was given the name Anthony Michael Ray Bower on February 12th, 1975 in Tarzana, Los Angeles. Michael is also known as Michael Bower.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bower U.S.
      White 93.85% 64.26%
      African American 1.48% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.41% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.30% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Bower are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Bower

    • How Popular is the name Bower? Bower is the 84,378th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bower was the 1,682nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Bower have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Bower in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bower? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1920 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Bower first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bower is Friday, July 9th, 1875.
    • What year had the most people named Bower born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bower was in 1920 with a total of 5 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Bower: Your name in reverse order is Rewob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oerwb. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bower? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 21,445 people with the last name Bower.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bower? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Bower as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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