Dowe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Dowe family

The surname Dowe 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 Dowe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowe research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1370, 1500, 1527, 1510, 1516, 1527, 1574, 1616 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Dowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dowe Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Dowe family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dowe family to Ireland

Some of the Dowe 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.

Dowe migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dowe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henrey Dowe, aged 29, who arrived in America in 1637 [4]
Dowe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dowe, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [4]
  • Fried Dowe, aged 18, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [4]
  • Najil Dowe, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [4]
  • Alexander Dowe, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [4]
  • William Dowe, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1856 [4]

Dowe 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:

Dowe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Dowe, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [5]
  • Mr. James Dowe, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [5]
  • Mr. Peter Dowe, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [5]
  • Mr. Alexander Dowe, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dowe (post 1700)

  • Julian Dowe (b. 1975), English retired professional footballer
  • Uton George Dowe (b. 1949), Jamaican cricketer who has played four Tests for the West Indies
  • Jens Dowe (b. 1968), German football coach and a former player
  • Dowe Jefferson Lance (1916-2002), American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, 1961-62

Historic Events for the Dowe family

Hindenburg LZ-129
  • Mr. Herbert Dowe (1905-1937), German Radio Officer  from Arnswalde, Germany, who worked on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire [6]

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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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List | Airships.net. (Retrieved 2014, April 11) . Retrieved from http://www.airships.net/hindenburg/disaster/hindenburg-passenger-list/
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