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When the ancestors of the Gower family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in the district north of Paris which is known in Old French as Gohiere. There are also numerous places in Normandy called Gouy, to which the Anglo-Norman French suffix er was added to make "Gower."

Gower Early Origins



The surname Gower was first found in Yorkshire, where a family of Gower, ancestors of the Duke of Sutherland, held a family seat in Stittenham Township. "Descended from Sir Nicholas Gower, knight of the shire for this county in the reign of Edward III., and seated at Stittenham from about the same period." Another reference is more specific, "All of Antiquities agree that this family is one of the oldest in the county of York, though they differ as to its patriarch, whom some say will have to be Sir Alan Gowers, said to be sheriff of that county at the time of the Norman Conquest, while others with greater probability assert that it descended from on Guhyer, whose son, called William Fitz-Guher of Stittenham, was charged with a mark for his lands in the sheriff's account in 1167." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
It is generally agreed that Gower the Poet was from the Stittenham stock. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Today Stittenham is a township in the parish of Sheriff with as few as 92 inhabitants in the late 1800s. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Gower Spelling Variations


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Gower Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Gower has been recorded under many different variations, including Gower, Gowers, Gowar, Gowars, Goward, Gore, Goher, Gurr, Goer and many more.

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Gower Early History


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Gower Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gower research. Another 537 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1195, 1198, 1130, 1347, 1330, 1408, 1365, 1543, 1577, 1585, 1638, 1711, 1726, 1780, 1742, 1814, 1767, 1833 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Gower History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gower Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gower Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Henry Gower, a bishop of St. David's around 1347; John Gower ( c. 1330-1408), an English poet and acquired the Lordship of Aldington, Kent in 1365, He was probably nephew and heir-male of Sir Robert Gower of Kent, remembered mainly for three long poems...

Another 124 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gower In Ireland


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Gower In Ireland



Some of the Gower family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Gowers were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Gower Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Gower, who settled in Virginia in 1606
  • Richard Gower, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Nicholas Gower, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • John Gower, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • John Gower, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gower Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abel Gower, who landed in Virginia in 1725
  • Letitia Gower, who landed in Virginia in 1725
  • Mary Gower, who arrived in Virginia in 1725
  • Philip Gower, who came to America in 1754
  • Nicholas Gower, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Gower, who landed in New York in 1835
  • Stephen S Gower, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836
  • Elizabeth Gower, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • Jesse Gower, who landed in New York in 1839
  • Mr. Gower, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Gower Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Gower settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1871 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Gower Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Gower a gardener, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • Mary Ann Gower arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • John William Gower, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Ann Gower arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • Sarah Gower arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gower Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Gower, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • John Gower landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • J. W. Gower arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1859
  • Joseph Gower arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • Susannah Gower arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gower (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gower (post 1700)



  • Thomas C. Gower, American politician, Mayor of Greenville, South Carolina, 1870-71
  • Romulus H. Gower, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Johnston County, 1891-92, 1905-06
  • Robert Gower, American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention 22nd District, 1857
  • John C. Gower (b. 1941), American Republican politician, Brown County District Attorney, 1967-71; Member of Wisconsin State Assembly 4th District; Elected 1972, 1974
  • James H. Gower, American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention from Cedar County, 1844
  • Cornelius A. Gower (1845-1932), American Republican politician, Michigan superintendent of public instruction, 1878-81; Appointed 1878
  • Constant W. Gower, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartland; Elected 1904, 1930
  • Andrew Gower (b. 1989), English actor, best known for his role in the BBC Three supernatural drama Being Human
  • Sir Henry Dudley Gresham Leveson Gower (1873-1954), English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Oxford University and Surrey and captained England in Test cricket
  • Mark Gower (b. 1979), English footballer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Frangas non flectes
Motto Translation: Thou may'st break, but shalt not bend me.


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Citations


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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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  11. ...

The Gower Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gower Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 26 February 2016 at 11:35.

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