Mowery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mowery family

The surname Mowery was first found in Somerset, where John le Mawere, le Mowere was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1225. Later, Robert le Mouer was listed in Kent in 1263 and John le Mawer was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1297. In Suffolk, the first record there was Roger le Mower who was listed in 1305 and in Cumberland Alan Mawer was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1322. [1]

In the north of England, the "aw" spelling was most common. [2] [1] The name Mowery, like many surnames, is most likely occupational in origin; in other words, the first bearer of the name took it because it pertained to his profession.

According to legend, an " Anglo-Saxon, soon after the Norman Conquest, acquired this name (Leofric the Mower) from his having overcome twenty men with a scythe." [3]

The name comes from the Old English word "mawan," meaning "to mow," so the first bearer of the name was most likely one who mowed for a living. The possibility also exists that there is another English Mower family whose name is a variation on the Irish name Moore, but this line of ancestry is rare, if it exists at all.

"Mawer was the name of a family that held much property in Winthorpe [Nottinghamshire] and in other places in the county 300 years ago. There were Mawers in Ereiston in the reign of Elizabeth I." [4]

In Scotland, the name is derived from the "Gaelic maor, a subordinate officer in various capacities, a steward. The Scots pronunciation is Mawr." [5] Here the name also includes the variants Maver and Mavor. "Mavor is a Speyside surname. Wille Mawar and Johnne Mawar were declared innocent of any art in the detention of King James III in Edinburgh Castle, 1482. Walter Mawer witnessed a bond of caution in 1564. John Mawar in Urquhart was warned to appear before the Lord Regent, 1574, and David Mawer of the Loch (Lochs near Urquhart) was slain by some Inneses, 1576. " [5]

Early History of the Mowery family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mowery research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1263 and 1332 are included under the topic Early Mowery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mowery Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mower, Mawer, Mowery, Mawery, Mawere, Mowere and others.

Early Notables of the Mowery family (pre 1700)

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Mowery Ranking

In the United States, the name Mowery is the 4,123rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Mowery family to Ireland

Some of the Mowery family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Mowery migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mowery Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alice Mowery, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Mary Mowery, aged 1, who immigrated to America, in 1908
  • Herbert C. Mowery, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Mowery (post 1700) +

  • David C. Mowery, American Professor of New Enterprise Development at the University of California, Berkeley
  • M. E. Mowery, American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 8th District, 1975-78; Defeated, 1978, 1982 [7]
  • Jean Mowery, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972 [7]
  • Faye I. Mowery, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1972 [7]
  • Fay Mowery, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1960 [7]
  • Anna Mowery, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 97th District; Elected 1992, 1994; Elected unopposed 1996, 1998; Elected 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 [7]
  • Harold F. Mowery Jr (1930-2014), American politician, Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate (1993-2004)


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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