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Where did the German Loewen family come from? What is the German Loewen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Loewen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Loewen family history?

The origin of the proud surname Loewen can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia. German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. The distinguished surname Loewen is derived from the Middle High German "lewe," meaning "lion."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Loewe, Loewen, Lowen, Lowe, Low, Lower, Löwe, Löw, Leu, Leue, Lau, Laue, Löbe, Lobe, Leb, Lebe and many more.

First found in Bohemia, where the Loewen family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. One of the earliest recorded Bohemian bearers of the name was Hensel Lebel, who lived in Budweis in 1387.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loewen research. Another 623 words(44 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1522, 1265, 1300, 1706, 1733, 1799, 1465, 1460, 1507, 1628, 1703, 1796 and 1869 are included under the topic Early Loewen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 153 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Loewen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loewen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • H J Loewen, aged 58, arrived in New York, NY in 1874
  • Hrch Loewen, aged 9, arrived in New York, NY in 1874
  • Agatha Loewen, aged 21, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • John Loewen, aged 12, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • Maria Loewen, aged 16, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876


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  • James W "Jim" Loewen (b. 1942), American author, historian, and professor
  • Jocelyne Loewen, Canadian voice actress
  • William H "Bill" Loewen, Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist
  • Adam Alexander Loewen (b. 1984), Canadian born pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles
  • Rochelle Loewen (b. 1979), Canadian model
  • Darcy Loewen (b. 1969), retired Canadian professional ice hockey left wing player
  • General Sir Charles Falkland Loewen GCB KBE DSO (1900-1986), Canadian soldier from Vancouver, Adjutant-General to the Forces in the United Kingdom


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The Loewen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Loewen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 6 October 2013 at 12:54.

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