Fowle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Fowle family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Fowle comes from when the family lived in the region beside an enclosed pen for animals. In particular the surname Fowle can be in Bolton in the county of Lancashire. The surname Fowle may also be an occupational name for someone who looked after sheep.

Early Origins of the Fowle family

The surname Fowle was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Fowle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fowle research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Fowle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fowle Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Fowle has appeared include Foulds, Faulds, Fowlds, Foulls, Faulls, Fowldes and many more.

Early Notables of the Fowle family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Fowle 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:

Fowle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Fowle, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Ann Fowle, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • William Fowle, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Fowle (post 1700) +

  • James M. Fowle, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 8 aerial victories
  • William Fowle, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964 [1]
  • William Fowle, American politician, Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, 1878-79 [1]
  • Otto Fowle (b. 1852), American Republican politician, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, 1889-91; Member of Michigan State Senate 30th District, 1909-12 [1]
  • Herbert C. Fowle, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 10th District, 1960 [1]

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Henry J Fowle (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [2]

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from
  2. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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