OldHoosier62 wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:40 pm
Doc Dan wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:05 am
What you all are missing here is that this is not a name in England. It is the name from Louisiana with heavy French, Indian, and Creole, influences on the pronunciation. Boowee is how it has been pronounced for generations. This is not unknown. It is well known. David Bohwee is not Jim Boowee and the knife is pronounced that way in the South, too...unless a pronunciation is brought in from the outside.
The only issues I see with your premise is that the Bowie family hailed from Kentucky...Jim Bowie was born there in Logan County in the late 1700's. They migrated to Louisiana later on. The Bowie surname is of Scottish origins meaning "fair haired", not French. And pronunciation is, like almost every word, regional. Ultimately, neither pronunciation is incorrect.
I understand, but LA is where the pronunciation came from I’m sure. In AL, MS, LA, and TX it’s boowee. The Bowie River in S. MS is the boowee river. I’ve heard bohwee but then I know that person is from up north somewhere.
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