In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Lowask, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in the old lands of Leask, which were in the parish of Slains in Aberdeen; this place is now called Pitlurg. The surname Lowask belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Lowask family
The surname Lowask was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, where they held a family seat
. William de Laskereske was listed on the Ragman Rolls and rendered homage to King Edward I
in 1296. Following this early entry, William of Lask, dominus ejusdem, was granted a yearly gift of a pound of wax, from his land of Logy iuxta Elone, to the church of St. Mary of Ellon in 1380. A relative of his, Thomas de Lask or Laysk was a baillie (equivalent to a court bailiff) in the barony of Fyndon in 1390 and in 1391, he witnessed a charter by the Earl of Orkney
, Henry St. Clair. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Lowask family
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Lowask Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Lowask has been spelled Leask, Laysk, Laisk, Lask, Lowsk, Lowask and others.
Early Notables of the Lowask family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lowask family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Lowask: Theresa Lask who settled in Texas in 1845; Magda Laske settled in Texas in 1860; Susanne Lask settled in Texas in 1860.
The Lowask 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: Virtute cresco
Motto Translation: I grow by virtue.