Lowry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lowry family

The surname Lowry was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area. "Laurieston in the parish of Balmaghie, stewartry of Kirkcudbright takes its name from William Kennedy Laurie, Esq., proprietor of the lands on which it is built, near Lochinbren, a sheet of water abounding with trout. " [1]

There are two other places named Laurieston in Scotland: an ecclesiastical district, within the jurisdiction of the city of Glasgow; and in the parish of Falkirk, county of Stirlinge village. Of the former, we can find no notes about the origin; of the latter, it was derived from "the name of Laurencetoun, of which its present appellation is a contraction." [1]

"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Lawrence.' In the Lowlands and on the Borders, popularly Lowrie or Laurie, whence the many North English and Scottish variations of this name. " [2]

"The name has been also explained, with still less probability; as from Scots lowrie, 'foxy'. The name of Gavin Lawrie, governor of New Jersey during the colonial period, is spelled in a letter quoted in The Haigs of Bemersyde as Lowry.' [3]

"Hence 'Lowrie-like,' having the crafty look of a fox. The full name Lawrence was also applied to the fox, proving that Lowry and Lawry are the true offspring of the name." [2]

Early History of the Lowry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lowry research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1687, 1683, 1686, 1677, 1671, 1677, 1669, 1640, 1653 and are included under the topic Early Lowry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lowry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lawrie, Laurie, Larrie, Larry, Laurie, Laury, Lawry, Lowrie and many more.

Early Notables of the Lowry family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert Laurie of Maxwelltown; Gawen Lawrie (died 1687), 2nd Deputy Governor of East New Jersey (1683-1686); Robert Laurie (died 1677), Church of Scotland prelate...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lowry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Lowry family to Ireland

Some of the Lowry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 118 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Lowry migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lowry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Lowry, who landed in Virginia in 1696 [4]
Lowry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martin Lowry, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [4]
  • Edward Lowry, who settled in New England in 1747
  • Joseph Lowry, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [4]
  • Daniel Lowry, who landed in America in 1795 [4]
  • William Lowry, who arrived in America in 1795 [4]
Lowry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Will Lowry, aged 29, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [4]
  • Jane Lowry, aged 18, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804 [4]
  • Andrew Lowry, who arrived in America in 1807 [4]
  • Edward B Lowry, who landed in Maryland in 1811 [4]
  • John Lowry, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1820 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Lowry migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lowry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Philip Lowry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Lowry, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mary Lowry, aged 27, who arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775
Lowry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Honora Lowry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Jane Lowry, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Ellen Lowry, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Eliza Lowry, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • John Lowry, aged 11, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Lowry migration to Australia +

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

Lowry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Martin Lowry, Welsh convict who was convicted in Glamorganshire, Wales for 15 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Samuel Lowry, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849 [6]
  • Mr. Walter Lowry, (b. 1818), aged 31, Cornish blacksmith travelling aboard the ship "Courier" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 11th September 1849 [7]
  • Mrs. Catherine Lowry, (b. 1813), aged 36, Cornish housekeeper travelling aboard the ship "Courier" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 11th September 1849 [7]
  • Miss Catherine Elizabeth Lowry, (b. 1845), aged 4, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Courier" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 11th September 1849 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Lowry 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:

Lowry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Lowry, (b. 1835), aged 23, British farmer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [8]
  • Mrs. Anna Belle Lowry, (b. 1838), aged 20, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [8]
  • Mr. Robert Lowry, (b. 1842), aged 19, Irish school master, from County Down travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [9]
  • Mr. Lowry, (b. 1862), aged Infant, English settler from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd May 1862 [9]
  • Mrs. Hannah Lowry, (b. 1838), aged 24, English settler from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd May 1862 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lowry (post 1700) +

  • Michael Edward "Mike" Lowry (1939-2017), American politician, 20th Governor of Washington (1993-1997)
  • Kyle Lowry (b. 1986), American professional NBA basketball player with the Toronto Raptors
  • Noah Ryan Lowry (b. 1980), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Francis Lowry, the only Colorado pilot killed in WWI combat, eponym of Lowry Field and Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Lieutenant-General Sumter de Leon Jr. Lowry (1893-1985), American Assistant Commandant Infantry Replacement Training Center Camp Livingston (1945) [10]
  • James Lowry Jr. (1820-1876), American politician, Mayor of Pittsburgh (1864 to 1866)
  • Lois Lowry (b. 1937), American author of children's literature who has been awarded the Newbery Medal twice
  • Wayne L. Lowry, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 11 aerial victories
  • Thomas Frederick "Fred" Lowry (1836-1865), Australian bushranger, member of the Frank Gardiner-Ben Hall gang; he was shot in the throat and died the next day
  • Tommy Lowry (1945-2015), English professional footballer who played as a defender from 1964 to 1977
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Frederick William Lowry (1918-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Wilston, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]


The Lowry 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: Repullulat
Motto Translation: It buds afresh.


Suggested Readings for the name Lowry +

  • 1210 The Lawry (also Lowry) Family of Friendship, Maine by A.E. Sutton.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Simlah.htm
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Sumter Lowry. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Lowry/Sumter_de_Leon_Jr./USA.html
  11. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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