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The name Low was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Low family lived in Worcestershire. The earliest instances of the name in England appear for the most part to be of local origin; that is, derived from the name of the place where an original bearer lived or where he once held land, the place in this instance being a hlaw, the Old English word for a hill. Any individual case may also be of nickname origin, deriving from loup, the Old French word for a wolf, or from one of the pet-names for Lawrence, such as Law or Low.

Low Early Origins



The surname Low was first found in Worcestershire. Later, a branch of the family was found at Alderwasley in Derbyshire. " The Le Foune or Fawne family held lands here in the reign of Henry III., and their heiress intermarried with the Lowes, who obtained a grant of the manor from Henry VIII." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Low Spelling Variations


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Low Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Low have been found, including Lowe, Lowes, Lowis, Lowse, Low, McLoy and others.

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Low Early History


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Low Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Low research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1433, 1439, 1318, 1594, 1682, 1640, 1644, 1628, 1667, 1661, 1667, 1690, 1724, 1720 and are included under the topic Early Low History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Low Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Low Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Humphrey Lowe, High Sheriff of Shropshire; George Lowe ( c. 1594-1682), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Calne (1640-1644), a Royalist supporter; John Lowe (1628-1667), an English politician who sat...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Low Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Low In Ireland


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Low In Ireland



Some of the Low family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words (12 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



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Low were among those contributors:

Low Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Pieter Comelissen Low, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664
  • William Low, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Peter Low, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Robert Low, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Andrew Low, who landed in New Haven, Conn in 1639
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Low Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Low, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Micajah Low, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Mathew Low, aged 40, landed in New York in 1719
  • Cconrad Low, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Conrad Low, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Low Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Low, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Philip Low, who landed in America in 1804
  • John Low, who arrived in America in 1808
  • Betsey Low, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Wesly Low, aged 10, arrived in America in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Low Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Josef Low, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1751
  • Joseph Low, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1751
  • Michel Low, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1751
  • Mr. John Low U.E. who settled in Sophiasburgh and Ameliasburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Low U.E. (b. 1752) born in Banffshire, Scotland who settled in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784, then Mascarene, New Brunswick in 1790 he was married twice having 13 children he died in 1844 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Low Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Low, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Low Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Isobel Low "Alias Will", Scottish convict from Perth, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  • Jean Low "alias Doig", Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  • Alexander Low, aged 37, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
  • John Low, aged 31, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan"
  • Elizabeth Low, aged 25, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
  • William Low, aged 30, a shepherd, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850

Low Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Low landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • John Low arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • John Low, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Jane Low, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Margaret Low, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Low (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Low (post 1700)



  • Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927), American founder of Girl Scouts of the USA with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Henry R. Low (1826-1888), American lawyer and politician, New York State Senator (1862-1888), President pro tempore of the New York State Senate in 1888
  • George Low (1847-1912), born George Low Evatt, a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Tennessee at New Orleans, La., 15 February 1881 to save a fellow sailor
  • Frank James Low (1933-2009), American solid state physicist and inventor of the gallium doped germanium bolometer in 1961
  • Abiel Abbot Low (1811-1893), American entrepreneur, businessman, trader and philanthropist who made his fortune from trade with China
  • George David Low (1956-2008), American aerospace executive and NASA astronaut with over 714 hours in space
  • Frank M. Low, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1912
  • Frederick Ferdinand Low (1828-1894), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from California at-large, 1862-63; Governor of California, 1863-67; U.S. Minister to China, 1869-73
  • George Low, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1960
  • George C. Low, American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Ocean County, 1911-13; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1912
  • ... (Another 49 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: Spero meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844

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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Low Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Low 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.

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