Lowndes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Lowndes is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lowndes family lived near a grove deriving its origin from the Old English word lundr, which means grove.

Early Origins of the Lowndes family

The surname Lowndes was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Lowndes family

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Lowndes Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Lowndes, Lownde, Lownd, Lownes and others.

Early Notables of the Lowndes family (pre 1700)

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United States Lowndes migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Lowndes or a variant listed above were:

Lowndes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christopher Lowndes, who arrived in Maryland in 1738 [1]
Lowndes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Lowndes, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • Thomas Lowndes, who settled in New York in 1822

Australia Lowndes migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lowndes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Lowndes, British Convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Earl Spencer" in May 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Edward Lowndes, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. James Lowndes, British Convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for life , transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. Jonathan Lowndes, British Convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [5]
  • William Lowndes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [6]

New Zealand Lowndes migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lowndes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Lowndes, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Lewis Lowndes, aged 28, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Lowndes, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Thomas John Lowndes, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1844
  • Charles Lowndes, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Balaklava" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Lowndes (post 1700) +

  • Lloyrd Lowndes Jr. (1845-1905), American politician, 43th Governor of Maryland
  • Robert Augustine Ward "Doc" Lowndes (1916-1998), American science fiction author and editor
  • William Thomas Lowndes (1798-1843), English bibliographer
  • Thomas Lowndes (1692-1748), founder of the Lowndean professorship of astronomy at Cambridge University, England
  • Marie Adelaide Lowndes (1868-1947), English novelist
  • Jessica Lowndes (b. 1988), Canadian actress
  • Craig Lowndes (b. 1974), Australian motor racing driver
  • John Lowndes McLaurin (1860-1934), United States Representative and Senator from South Carolina (1897-1903)
  • Henry Lowndes Muldrow (1837-1905), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Mississippi State House of Representatives (1875-1876), U.S. Representative from Mississippi 1st District (1877-1885), First Assistant United States Secretary of the Interior (1885-1889) [7]
  • John Lowndes McLaurin (1860-1934), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina 6th District, 1892-97; U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1897-1903


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-spencer
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dromedary
  4. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 4th March 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/commodore-hayes)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th December 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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