"maker of bows," attested late 12c. as a surname, from bow (n.1) + -yer.
An archer; a person who utilizes bow.
- a person who makes or sells bows.
(letter.) An archer; person who uses bow.
- (letter.) One who tends to make or offers bows.
The church of St Mary, mainly a brick reconstruction, contains several interesting memorials; including one to William Bowyer the printer (d.