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When the ancestors of the Lowes family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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.

Lowes Early Origins



The surname Lowes 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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Lowes Spelling Variations


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Lowes Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Lowes has been recorded under many different variations, including Lowe, Lowes, Lowis, Lowse, Low, McLoy and others.

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Lowes Early History


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Lowes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lowes 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 Lowes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lowes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lowes 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 Lowes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lowes In Ireland


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Lowes In Ireland



Some of the Lowes 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


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Lowess were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Lowes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Lowes, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • Henry Lowes, who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Lowes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Lowes, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1799

Lowes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Lowes, who arrived in Mississippi in 1827
  • James Lowes, who landed in Mississippi in 1827
  • Francis Lowes, who landed in Mississippi in 1827
  • William Lowes, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • John Lowes, who arrived in Colorado in 1881

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lowes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lowes (post 1700)



  • Joseph E. Lowes, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1900, 1904

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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.

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. 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.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  11. ...

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