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

There are several distinct sources of the Mower surname in Ireland. Most of the name find their roots with the Anglo-Norman "Strongbow" invasion of the 12th century. Many of these became de Mora. Others derived from the Old Irish "O Mordha," from the word "mordha," meaning "stately," or "noble." The English surname Mower is derived from the personal name "More," which is itself derived from the Old French word "maur," meaning "Moor."

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Church officials and medieval scribes often simply spelled names as they sounded. As a result, a single person's name may have been recorded a dozen different ways during his lifetime. Spelling variations for the name Mower include: Moore, More, Moor, O'More, Moores, Mores, McMore, Moire, Moare, MacMoore, McMoir, Moir, Moors, O'Moore, O'Moire, McMoare, MacMoir, MacMoare, Mooer and many more.

First found in Leicestershire, before the name had made its way to Ireland; their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mower research. Another 247 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1627, 1621, 1730, 1822, 1791, 1729, 1799, 1795, 1557, 1600, 1655, 1641, 1620, 1655, 1641, 1767, 1799, 1798, 1706, 1700 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Mower History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 245 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Mower:

Mower Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Mower, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1642
  • Richard Mower, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1642
  • Daniel Mower, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685

Mower Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jurick Mower, who landed in New York in 1715-1716
  • Hans Geo Mower, aged 23, landed in Pennsylvania in 1743

Mower Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • B W Mower, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Jacob Mower, who arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864
  • Peter Mower, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • Piero Mower, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • A. Mower, aged 43, who emigrated to America from London, in 1892


Mower Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Elsa Mower, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Dorothea Mower, aged 28, who landed in America from England, London, in 1908
  • Ernest Frank Mower, aged 31, who settled in America from Clacton, England, in 1911
  • Alice Mower, aged 27, who landed in America from Sevenokes, England, in 1911
  • Cyril Frank Mower, aged 3, who settled in America from Clacton, England, in 1912


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  • Joseph A. Mower (1827-1870), Union general during the American Civil War, known as "Fighting Joe"
  • John Edward Mower (1815-1879), American politician, member of Minnesota territorial legislature in the 1850s, eponym of Mower County
  • Jack Mower (1890-1965), American film actor
  • Morton Mower (b. 1933), American cardiologist and the co-inventor of the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator, inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2002)
  • Charles Mower (1875-1942), American yacht designer and author
  • Caryn Mower (b. 1965), retired American professional wrestler actress, and stuntwoman
  • Sergeant Charles E Mower, American soldier, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Liam Mower (b. 1992), English actor and dancer, shared the lead role in the original London cast of Billy Elliot the Musical, youngest person to win a Laurence Olivier Award


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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: Conlan-a-bu
Motto Translation: Conlan forever.

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