Lowse is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Lowse family 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.
Early Origins of the Lowse family
The surname Lowse 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Lowse family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lowse 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 Lowse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lowse Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Lowse are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Lowse include Lowe, Lowes, Lowis, Lowse, Low, McLoy and others.
Early Notables of the Lowse family (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 Lowse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lowse family to Ireland
Some of the Lowse 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.
Migration of the Lowse family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Lowse, or a variant listed above: John Low settled in Barbados in 1663; Joseph Low settled in Delaware in 1682; Leonard Low settled with his wife Anna and three children in Carolina in 1754.
The Lowse 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.