B names, Color, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Yellow

Bowie

Bowie comes from an Irish and Scottish surname which seems to be derived from Scottish Gaelic buidhe meaning “yellow”, possibly originating as a nickname for someone who was fair-haired. It’s also possible that it may be an Anglicized form of Ó Buadhaigh meaning “descendant of Buadhach”, Buadhach deriving from buaidh meaning “victory, triumph”. The Bowie knife was named after American pioneer Jim Bowie, who was famous for using it in a duel.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Bowey (English)

 

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