Show ContentsLowdermilk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lowdermilk reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lowdermilk family lived in Lowther, now in the civil parish in Eden District, Cumbria. Historically in Westmorland, Lowther was first recorded as Lauder c. 1175 and it thought to have been named from the River Lowther. 1 "It formerly contained a village of the same name, which was demolished in 1682, by Sir John Lowther, who soon afterwards built another, called New-town, where carpet and linen manufactories were established." 2 "Lowther Castle, the residence of the family of that name, stands majestically in a park of 600 acres, and combines the grand effect of a fortification with the splendour of a palace; the fabric is modern, having been commenced in 1802, upon the site of the ancient Hall, which was nearly destroyed by fire in 1720. " 2

Early Origins of the Lowdermilk family

The surname Lowdermilk was first found in Westmorland, an area in the North East of England (now part of Cumbria,) where the family is "eminently a knightly family, traced by Brydges to Sir Gervase de Lowther, living in the reign of Henry III. Other authorities make Sir Hugh de Lowther, knight for this county, in the 28th of Edward I., as the first recorded ancestor; his great-grandson was at Agincourt in 1415." 3

Lowther is a parish in Westmorland. "It formerly contained a village of the same name, which was demolished in 1682, by Sir John Lowther, who soon afterwards built another, called New-town." 2

Early History of the Lowdermilk family

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Lowdermilk Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lowdermilk family name include Lowther, Louder, Lowder, Louther and others.

Early Notables of the Lowdermilk family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Richard Lowther of Lowther, High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1588; Gerard Lowther of Penrith, High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1593; Sir John Lowther of Lowther Hall; Richard Lowther (ca. 1583-1659), an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed 1626, Member of Parliament for Appleby 1640; Sir John Lowther, 1st Baronet (1605-1675), an English lawyer, landowner, and politician who sat in the House of Commons...
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Ireland Migration of the Lowdermilk family to Ireland

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Migration of the Lowdermilk family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Lowdermilk family to immigrate North America: Luke Lowther settled in Barbados in 1679; William Lowther settled in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Lowther settled in Jamaica in 1679; Joseph Lowther settled in New York in 1804..

Contemporary Notables of the name Lowdermilk (post 1700) +

  • Solomon Lowdermilk, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Iredell County, 1832, 1834-37 4
  • Robert E. Lowdermilk, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1960 4
  • Colonel William Harrison Lowdermilk (1839-1897), American Union soldier, printer, and newspaper publisher
  • Walter Clay Lowdermilk (1888-1974), American soil conservationist and Rhodes Scholar
  • Louis Bailey Lowdermilk (1887-1975), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played in 1911 and 1912 with the St. Louis Cardinals, brother of Grover Lowdermilk
  • Robert Kirk Lowdermilk (b. 1963), American NFL football center who played from 1985 to 1996
  • Brian Lowdermilk, American musical theater composer and lyricist
  • Grover Cleveland "Slim" Lowdermilk (1885-1968), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1909 to 1920
  • Dwayne Kenneth Lowdermilk (b. 1958), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey defenceman who played two games for the Washington Capitals

The Lowdermilk 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: Magistratus indicat virum
Motto Translation: The magistracy shows the man.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from on Facebook