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Where did the English Stowe family come from? What is the English Stowe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stowe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stowe family history?The Stowe name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in one of the many English places called Stow. However, in Worcestershire, the Old English word stow, which means place, or more specifically, holy place, was retained as part of the common vocabulary of Old English. Experts theorize that in this county, the surname Stowe alludes to residence by a monastery or church. Thus, the surname Stowe belongs to both the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Stowe has undergone many spelling variations, including Stow, Stowe, Stoue and others.
First found in Cambridgeshire. Although the name has long existed as both a place and personal name in various counties, including Cambridgeshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, and Suffolk. Stow Fair was a medieval fair inaugurated in 1233 and held on the 23rd of June each year at a place now called Stow Green Hill in Lincolnshire. The fair continued through the centuries until 1954. Stowe or Stow is also a small village and civil parish in Shropshire, England.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stowe research. Another 308 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1315, 1525, 1601, 1602, 1605, 1793, and 1864 are included under the topic Early Stowe History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 44 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stowe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Stowe were among those contributors:
Stowe Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Stowe Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Stowe Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Stowe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stowe 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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