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"BOWN. A rare current surname. John Down, clerk, a native of Scotland, had safe conduct in 1392 (Bom, rv, 449). Sibbie Bowne was tenant under the Abbey of Kelso, 1567 (Kelso, p. 528). There were lands and barony of Bowiuie in Berwickshire in 1608 (Relours, 75;inl632Boun). "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Some Famous People with the surname of Bown

Wikipedia Jane Bown (born 1925) is a British photographer who has worked for "The Observer" newspaper in the United Kingdom since 1949.
Wikipedia Richard Charles Bown, Jr.
Wikipedia John Young Bown (December 30 1821 ? September 26 1890) was a physician and Canadian political figure.
Wikipedia Jim Bown (born June 24, 1960 in Portland, Oregon) is a former NASCAR driver.
Wikipedia Archie Bown (1882 ? 19 August 1958) was a football (soccer) Inside Left.
Wikipedia Paul Bown (born 11 October 1957 in Fenton, Staffordshire) is an English actor.
Wikipedia Heather Erin Bown (born November 29, 1978) is a volleyball player from the United States, who played as a middle-blocker.