Adlow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Adlow comes from when the family resided near Hadlow, a place-name found in Kent and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name Hadlow is derived from the Old English elements hæth, which meant heather, and hlaw, which meant small hill. The place-name as a whole means "small hill where the heather grows." The original bearers of the name probably lived on or near such a hill. 
Early Origins of the Adlow family
The surname Adlow was first found in Kent at Hadlow, a village in the Medway valley, near Tonbridge which dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Haslow and was held by Richard de Tonebridge.  By 1235, the village was known as Hadlou. 
Hadlow Castle was built in the late 1780s and is now listed as a Grade I listed country house and tower. Hadlow Tower, known locally as May's Folly, is a Victorian Gothic tower, and one of the largest in Britain.
Early History of the Adlow family
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Adlow Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Adlow include Hadlow, Hadlo, Hadelow, Hadloe, Hadllow, Hadlowe, Hadlough and many more.
Early Notables of the Adlow family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John de Hadlo of Kent, a distinguished landholder during the reign of Edward 1st.
James Hadow (1670?-1747),was a Scottish controversial writer, born in the parish of Douglas, Lanarkshire, probably before 1670. We presume he is the same James Hadow who published two Latin theses at Utrecht in 1685 and 1686 respectively and was accordingly educated abroad...
Migration of the Adlow family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Edea Hadelow, who came to Maryland in 1666 and Thomas Hadloe, also to Maryland, in 1667.