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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lawrie, Laurie, Larrie, Larry, Laurie, Laury, Lawry, Lowrie and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lowry research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1687, 1683, 1686, 1677, 1671, 1677, 1669, 1640 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Lowry History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lowry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Lowry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lowry Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm Lowry, who landed in Virginia in 1696

Lowry Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Martin Lowry, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Edward Lowry settled in New England in 1747
  • Joseph Lowry, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Daniel Lowry, who landed in America in 1795
  • William Lowry, who arrived in America in 1795

Lowry Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Will Lowry, aged 29, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jane Lowry, aged 18, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Andrew Lowry, who arrived in America in 1807
  • Edward B Lowry, who landed in Maryland in 1811
  • John Lowry, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1820


  • Michael Edward Lowry (b. 1939), American Democratic politician, who was the governor of Washington from 1993-1997
  • James Lowry Jr. (1820-1876), American politician, Mayor of Pittsburgh (1864 to 1866)
  • Lois Lowry (b. 1937), American author of children's literature who has been awarded the Newbery Medal twice
  • Lieutenant-General Sumter de Leon Jr. Lowry (1893-1985), American Assistant Commandant Infantry Replacement Training Center Camp Livingston (1945)
  • Francis Lowry, the only Colorado pilot killed in WWI combat, eponym of Lowry Field and Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Noah Ryan Lowry (b. 1980), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Kyle Lowry (b. 1986), American professional NBA basketball player with the Toronto Raptors
  • David John Lowry (b. 1965), retired Canadian professional NHL player
  • Laurence Stephen "L.S." Lowry (1887-1976), English artist, famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England; he rejected five honours during his life including a knighthood
  • Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957), English poet and novelist, best known for his novel Under the Volcano



  • The Lawry (also Lowry) Family of Friendship, Maine by A.E. Sutton.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Repullulat
Motto Translation: It buds afresh.



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The Lowry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lowry 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.

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