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The origin of the proud surname Loewen can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia. German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. The distinguished surname Loewen is derived from the Middle High German "lewe," meaning "lion."

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The surname Loewen was first found in Bohemia, where the Loewen family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. One of the earliest recorded Bohemian bearers of the name was Hensel Lebel, who lived in Budweis in 1387.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Loewe, Loewen, Lowen, Lowe, Low, Lower, Löwe, Löw, Leu, Leue, Lau, Laue, Löbe, Lobe, Leb, Lebe and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loewen research. Another 623 words (44 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1522, 1265, 1300, 1706, 1733, 1799, 1465, 1460, 1507, 1628, 1703, 1796 and 1869 are included under the topic Early Loewen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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During this early period, notable bearers of the name Loewen included Leon Loewe von Rozmital (around 1465), whose famous descriptions of the Holy Land through which he traveled were translated into many languages, his daughter became the Queen of Bohemia; Hans Leu, The Elder...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Loewen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loewen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H J Loewen, aged 58, arrived in New York, NY in 1874
  • Hrch Loewen, aged 9, arrived in New York, NY in 1874
  • Agatha Loewen, aged 21, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • John Loewen, aged 12, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • Maria Loewen, aged 16, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876
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Loewen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David Loewen, who arrived in Manitoba in 1876
  • Heinrich Loewen, who landed in Manitoba in 1876
  • Herman Loewen, who landed in Manitoba in 1877
  • Isaac Loewen, who landed in Manitoba in 1877
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  • James W "Jim" Loewen (b. 1942), American author, historian, and professor, best known for his 1995 book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
  • John Loewen (b. 1949), Canadian businessman and politician who served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1999 to 2005
  • Cynthia Loewen (b. 1993), Canadian beauty pageant titleholder, Miss Earth Canada (2014)
  • Douglas Todd Loewen (b. 1966), Canadian politician, MLA for Grande Prairie-Smoky, Alberta (2015-)
  • William H "Bill" Loewen OC, Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist
  • Rochelle Loewen (b. 1979), Canadian broadcaster, former model and professional wrestler
  • Adam Alexander Loewen (b. 1984), Canadian Major League Baseball pitcher who has played since 2006
  • General Sir Charles Falkland Loewen GCB KBE DSO (1900-1986), Canadian soldier from Vancouver, Adjutant-General to the Forces in the United Kingdom
  • Darcy Loewen (b. 1969), retired Canadian professional ice hockey left wing player
  • Jocelyne Loewen, Canadian voice actress
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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