The name Lowney was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Lowney family lived near a grove deriving its origin from the Old English word lundr,
which means grove.
Early Origins of the Lowney family
The surname Lowney 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 Lowney family
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Lowney Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Lowndes, Lownde, Lownd, Lownes and others.
Early Notables of the Lowney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lowney family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Lowney or a variant listed above:
Lowney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Julia Lowney, aged 20, who landed in America from Castletown, in 1905
- Lizzie Lowney, aged 19, who landed in America from Castletown, Ireland, in 1906
- Kate Lowney, aged 40, who emigrated to America from Castleton Bre, Ireland, in 1907
- Alice Lowney, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Castletown, Bere, Ireland, in 1908
- Bessie Lowney, aged 22, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1908
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Lowney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Timothy Lowney, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Reward" from Cork, Ireland
- Timothy Lowney, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
- Patrick Lowney, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
- Hanna Lowney, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
Contemporary Notables of the name Lowney (post 1700)
- Paul Benjamin Lowney (1917-2007), American author and humorist in Seattle
- Steven Garrett Lowney (b. 1979), American bronze medalist Greco-Roman wrestler at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- De Clan Lowney (b. 1960), Irish television and film director