Dow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dow family

The surname Dow was first found in Berwickshire where the name is likely from the Gaelic, Dhu (dubh), Anglicized as "black" or from "don or doo," the Scottish for dove or pigeon. [1] Another source postulates the name could have been a variant of Dove or Dawe.

The first on record of the family was Ede Douw who held land in 'vico boreali,' Edinburgh, 1366. Four years later, John Dowe was a witness at an inquest taken at Berwick-on-Tweed, 1370. "Dow is not uncommon in Perthshire appearing there in 1497, when Robert Dow held a land in Perth." [2]

Further to the south, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Agnes Dowe; Hgo Dowe; Alicia Dowe; and Adam Dowe-man, the servant of Dow. [3]

Important Dates for the Dow family

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Dow Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: McDow, Dow, Dowe, Dove, Dows, Dowes, Doves and others.

Early Notables of the Dow family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dow family to Ireland

Some of the Dow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dow migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Dow, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1635
  • Henry Dow, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1638 [4]
  • Matthew Dow who settled in Salem in the year 1640
  • Francis Dow, settled in Salem in the year 1640
  • Thomas Dow, who arrived in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1642 [4]
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Dow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Dow, who landed in Jamaica in 1728-1729 [4]
Dow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Dow, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Daniel Dow, aged 37, who arrived in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Aug Dow, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813 [4]
  • Robert Dow, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1820 [4]
  • Patrick Dow, aged 32, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [4]
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Dow migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Robert Dowler U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]

Dow migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Dow, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • David Dow, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [7]
  • Margaret Dow, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [7]
  • James Dow, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [7]
  • David Dow, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [8]
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Dow migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Dow, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [9]
  • Mrs. Hannah Dow, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [9]
  • Mr. James Dow, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [9]
  • Miss Janet Dow, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [9]
  • Mr. John Dow, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [10]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dow (post 1700)

  • Herbert Henry Dow (1886-1930), Canadian-born, American chemist, founder of Dow Chemical Company in 1897
  • Nancy Maryanne Dow (1936-2016), American actress, model and mother of Jennifer Aniston
  • Ellen Rose Albertini Dow (1913-2015), American character actress, recently known for her roles in Wedding Crashers (2005), The Wedding Singer (1998) and Road Trip (2000)
  • Alden B. Dow (1904-1983), American architect, son of Herbert Henry Dow
  • Tony Lee Dow (b. 1945), American film producer, director, sculptor, and a television child actor best known for his role in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver
  • Neal S. Dow (1804-1897), American prohibitionist
  • Charles Henry Dow (1851-1902), American journalist, co-founder of Dow Jones & Co
  • David Dow, American politician, Mayor of Waco, Texas, 1980-81 [11]
  • Chester W. Dow, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 1st District, 1944 [11]
  • Charles M. Dow, American politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 51st District, 1915 [11]
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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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