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The history of the Lowenstein family name begins in the German province of Bavaria. The Lowenstein name is derived from the German words "lewen," which means "lion" and "stein," which means "stone." There has been a town of Lowenstein in Wurttemberg since the 12th century. It is dominated by the ruined castle of the counts of Lowenstein.

Lowenstein Early Origins



The surname Lowenstein was first found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and becoming noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Lowenstein Spelling Variations


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Lowenstein Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Lowenstein include Loewenstein, Lowenstein, Lovenstein, Loewstein, Lowenstine, Loewenstine and many more.

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Lowenstein Early History


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Lowenstein Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lowenstein research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1494, 1711, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Lowenstein History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lowenstein Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lowenstein Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lowenstein Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Lowenstein Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Lowenstein, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Michael Lowenstein, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Lowenstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M H Lowenstein, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Herm Lowenstein, who landed in America in 1844
  • Casper Lowenstein, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Jos Lowenstein, who arrived in America in 1847-1849
  • Felts Lowenstein, aged 16, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lowenstein (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lowenstein (post 1700)



  • Daniel H. Lowenstein M.D., American Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco
  • John Lee Lowenstein (b. 1947), American retired Major League Baseball player
  • Louis Lowenstein (1908-1968), American medical researcher, best known for his work in hematology and immunology
  • Daniel Hays Lowenstein (b. 1943), American educator, Professor of Law at UCLA Law School
  • Roger Lowenstein (b. 1955), American financial journalist and writer
  • James Gordon Lowenstein (b. 1927), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, 1977-81
  • F. Lowenstein, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1884
  • Allard Kenneth Lowenstein (1929-1980), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1969-71; Defeated, 1970, 1972, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978
  • Kurt Löwenstein (1885-1939), German USPD /SPD politician and Socialist reform pedagogue
  • Rudolf Löwenstein (1819-1891), German author
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Lowenstein Historic Events


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Lowenstein Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Lowenstein (1921-1941), Australian Stoker from Parhan, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Alexander Silas Lowenstein (1967-1988), American Student from Morristown, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Lowenstein Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lowenstein 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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