Lowas is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Lowas 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.
Early Origins of the Lowas family
The surname Lowas 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Lowas family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lowas 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 Lowas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lowas Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Lowe, Lowes, Lowis, Lowse, Low, McLoy and others.
Early Notables of the Lowas family (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 Lowas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lowas family to Ireland
Some of the Lowas 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.
Migration of the Lowas family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Lowas or a variant listed above: John Low settled in Barbados in 1663; Joseph Low settled in Delaware in 1682; Leonard Low settled with his wife Anna and three children in Carolina in 1754.
The Lowas 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.