When Ward Oliver Bowman was born in 1923, in Ross, Ohio, United States, his father, William Oliver Bowman, was 34 and his mother, Gladys Grace Ward, was 30. He lived in Chillicothe, Ross, Ohio, United States for about 5 years and Franklin Township, Ross, Ohio, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1941. He died in 1944, in France, at the age of 21.
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 .