The Bowles of Ireland
"An Irishman gets more Irish the further he gets from Ireland."
"What matters is not what their religion was, but that they came from
(note: throughout this site, the
surname Bowles generally refers to those with surnames Bowles, Boles,
After 150 to 200 or more years in Canada it can be hard to
distinguish but most of the Bowles in Canada have their roots in
Ireland. Catholics and Protestants, when their family is traced
back to the census records of the 1800's, perhaps three quarters of
these Bowles ancestors gave their Ethnic Origin as Irish. The rest
were of British origin with one branch in Nova Scotia from Scotland
(although possibly also via Ireland).
The Bowles surname appears in all four provinces of Ireland with
significant concentrations of records in Cork, Clare, Limerick and
Tipperary in Munster; in Laois (formerly Queen's county), Carlow,
Dublin and Wexford in Leinster; in Sligo, Roscommon and Leitrim in
Connaught and in Cavan, Fermanagh, Down and Antrim in Ulster.
The Bowles of Canada have their origins in all of these provinces.
See The Bowles of Ulster for counties
Antrim, Down, Londonderry, Donegal, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan and
See The Bowles of Connaught for
counties Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.
See The Bowles of Leinster for
counties Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth,
Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
See The Bowles of Munster for counties
Clare, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Limerick and Waterford.
Origins of the Bowles Name in Ireland
Birth/Marriage/Death Records in Ireland by County
Records from Irish Quaker Index Books
Irish References from
the Quaker "Annual Monitor for 1851"
See Bowles in FHL Civil Registration
microfilms for Ireland
"An Irishman is merely a person who has had the good or bad fortune to
have been born in Ireland, or of Irish parents, and who is interested in
Ireland more than in any country in the world"
- Robert Lynd