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Meaning & History
From the traditionally Scottish and Irish surname, derived from a nickname from the Gaelic buidhe "yellow, fair-haired". Possibly an Anglicized form of Ó Buadhaigh meaning "descendant of Buadhach".Usage of the name is likely in reference to legendary English musician David Bowie, born David Robert Jones (b.1947). David Bowie took the name from American folk-hero and pioneer James 'Jim' Bowie (1796-1836) who died at the Battle of the Alamo, and after whom the bowie knife is named. Bowie is the name of many cities around the world as well.A noted bearer is American lawyer and sports administrator, Bowie Kuhn (1926-2007), who served as the fifth Commissioner of Major League Baseball (1969-1984). Bowie is the default name of the protagonist in the Sega tactical role-playing video game Shining Force II video game, a game frequently cited as one of the best of its kind.