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Where did the Irish Mower family come from? When did the Mower family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mower family history?

There are several distinct sources of the Mower surname in Ireland. Most of the name find their roots with the Anglo-Norman "Strongbow" invasion of the 12th century. Many of these became de Mora. Others derived from the Old Irish "O Mordha," from the word "mordha," meaning "stately," or "noble." The English surname Mower is derived from the personal name "More," which is itself derived from the Old French word "maur," meaning "Moor."


It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Mower that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Mower has existed in the various shapes: Moore, More, Moor, O'More, Moores, Mores, McMore, Moire, Moare, MacMoore, McMoir, Moir, Moors, O'Moore, O'Moire, McMoare, MacMoir, MacMoare, Mooer and many more.

First found in Leicestershire, before the name had made its way to Ireland; their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mower research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1627, 1621, 1730, 1822, 1791, 1729, 1799, 1795, 1557, 1600, 1655, 1641, 1620, 1655, 1641, 1767, 1799, 1798, 1706, 1700 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Mower History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 245 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Mower:

Mower Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Mower, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1642
  • Daniel Mower, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685

Mower Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jurick Mower, who landed in New York in 1715-1716
  • Hans Geo Mower, aged 23, landed in Pennsylvania in 1743

Mower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • B W Mower, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Jacob Mower, who arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864
  • Peter Mower, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • Piero Mower, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • A. Mower, aged 43, who emigrated to America from London, in 1892

Mower Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elsa Mower, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Dorothea Mower, aged 28, who landed in America from England, London, in 1908
  • Ernest Frank Mower, aged 31, who settled in America from Clacton, England, in 1911
  • Alice Mower, aged 27, who landed in America from Sevenokes, England, in 1911
  • Cyril Frank Mower, aged 3, who settled in America from Clacton, England, in 1912


  • Caryn Mower (b. 1965), retired American professional wrestler actress, and stuntwoman
  • Charles Mower (1875-1942), American yacht designer and author
  • Morton Mower (b. 1933), American cardiologist and the co-inventor of the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator, inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2002)
  • Jack Mower (1890-1965), American film actor
  • John Edward Mower (1815-1879), American politician, member of Minnesota territorial legislature in the 1850s, eponym of Mower County
  • Joseph A. Mower (1827-1870), Union general during the American Civil War, known as "Fighting Joe"
  • Liam Mower (b. 1992), English actor and dancer, shared the lead role in the original London cast of Billy Elliot the Musical, youngest person to win a Laurence Olivier Award
  • Sergeant Charles E Mower, American soldier, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944



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