Harlowe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Harlowe is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the parish of Harlow in the county of Essex.

Early Origins of the Harlowe family

The surname Harlowe was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Harlowe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harlowe research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Harlowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harlowe 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. Harlowe has been spelled many different ways, including Harlow, Harlowe and others.

Early Notables of the Harlowe family (pre 1700)

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Harlowe migration to the United States

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 Harlowes to arrive in North America:

Harlowe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Harlowe, aged 16, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • John Harlowe, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • Stephen Harlowe, who settled in Virginia in 1636

Contemporary Notables of the name Harlowe (post 1700)

  • Norman C. Harlowe, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 20th District, 1966 [2]
  • Samuel Harlowe Goodhue (b. 1921), American engineer and mountaineer from Jackson, New Hampshire, eponym of the 12911 Goodhue, main-belt asteroid


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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