Origin of name: nickname from Gaelic buidhe 'yellow', 'fair-haired', or possibly an Anglicized form of Ó Buadhaigh (see Bogue)
Lands: The surname Bowie was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Recorded in many spellings including Bowie, Buie, By, Bye, Buy, and Buye. This surname means "descendant of Buadhach" and is also rendered as Bogue and Boyce.
Clan MacDonald is associated with Bowie.