When Alva C. Bowman was born in 1857, in Warren, Ohio, United States, his father, Abraham Casner Bowman, was 36 and his mother, Malinda Weer, was 26. He married Nannie Hicks on 11 October 1882, in Warren, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Harlan Township, Warren, Ohio, United States in 1870. He died on 12 December 1895, in Morrow, Salem Township, Warren, Ohio, United States, at the age of 38, and was buried in Morrow Cemetery, Morrow, Salem Township, Warren, Ohio, United States.
English and Scottish: occupational name for an archer, hunter or soldier armed with a bow, from Middle English bow(e)man, bouman (from Old English boga ‘bow’ + mann ‘man’). This word was distinguished from Bowyer , which denoted a maker or seller of bows.
Americanized form of German Baumann or the Dutch cognate Bouwman .