Clowe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Clowe is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Cheshire in an area that was described by the Old English word as cloh, which means that the bearers of this surname lived near a ravine or hollow. It also could be described as the place that was set back from the town or village.

Early Origins of the Clowe family

The surname Clowe was first found in Yorkshire where the first record of the family was Willelmus de Clowe who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

Early History of the Clowe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clowe research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1649, 1645, 1595, 1725, 1450, 1543, 1604, 1582, 1648, 1605 and 1616 are included under the topic Early Clowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clowe Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Clowe has been spelled many different ways, including Clowes, Clowe, Clows and others.

Early Notables of the Clowe family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Clowes the Elder (c.1543-1604), an early English surgeon and author. He was the "son of Thomas and grandson of Nicholas Clowes, both of Kingsbury in Warwickshire, and great-grandson of Geffrey Clowes of Tutbury in Staffordshire, all of them gentlemen bearing tokens and arms of honour, helm, mantle, and...
Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clowe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Clowe family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Clowes to arrive in North America: Elizabeth Clowes who settled in New England in 1750; John Clowes settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Joseph Clowes settled in San Francisco in 1852; John Clows settled in Delaware Bay with his wife Marjorie and three children in 1683.


Contemporary Notables of the name Clowe (post 1700) +

  • M. B. Clowe Jr., American politician, Mayor of Winchester, Virginia, 1953-56 [2]
  • Charles Edward Clowe, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Stoddard County, 1929-30; Candidate for Missouri State Senate 23rd District, 1936 [2]
  • Charles E. Clowe Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1960 [2]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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