" BOUWMAN" means:
"man who tills the land" Or in Dutch: "man die het land bebouwt".
The above illustrations have been
copied from the "RIETSTAP'S ARMORIAL GENERAL"
The word (Harlem) is "Haarlem"
in Dutch which means the Coat of Arms above was
created for a Bouwman Family in Haarlem,
D'or au chec. de gu., acc. de trois
.. GOLD; A RED CHEVRON ACCOMPANIED
THREE GREEN TREFOILS ..
Trefoil means "three leaves",
usually a clover.
Trefoils are used for many different coat of arms.
As quite a number of Dutch people were
farmers (in those days), many
people who had taken a name in 1820 might
have used the name "Bouwman",
and certainly not all
having that name are blood related.
Some immigrants even used the word
describe their profession when they went
to other countries.
Note: I have seen
the above Coat of Arms modified to be used for the "BOWMAN" families
replacing the three
trefoils with Bows and Arrows. The Coat of Arms shown on this site
is shown only for
information. Only blood relatives of that certain Bouwman Family
in Haarlem can make
a claim that this Coat of Arms is theirs.
SEPT. 14, 2000