Klass Bouwman remined us that this area was once part of Germany. He believes the Bouwmans came from Germany and moved westwards through Groningen to dutch Friesland. Ultimately some of the Bouwman family decided to go even more west.
|Read an email from Klass on 12-30-1999|
I enjoyed reading your website as I am a Bouwman as well. My name is Klaas Bouwman, I am 29 and I am a teacher of english although I am earning my money in the music business at the moment. I live in the city of Groningen, the Netherlands, but I was raised in the countryside of Groningen among dairy cattle.Do you know that 'Bouwman' means: 'man who tills the land'? Or in dutch: 'man die het land bebouwt'.
My parents' names are Jan and Jantje Bouwman which is funny because one of your forefathers' names is also Jantje.
(Klass read this on our web page before I corrected it. We are not sure Jantje was a forefather.)
I dont't really agree on the assumption that the Bouwman family name originated in the dutch province of Friesland.
You must know that Groningen was one time frisian too as is german East Friesland. I'm of the opinion that the Bouwmans came from Germany and moved westwards through Groningen to dutch Friesland. Ultimately some of the Bouwman family decided to go even more west.
Anyway, I would like to wish you all the best for the new year; stay happy and healthy!
Klasinus (Klaas) Bouwman