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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


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

First found in Somerset, where the name first appeared in the early 13th century. 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. 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mowery research. Another 180 words (13 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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mowery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Mowery family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mowery Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alice Mowery, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Mary Mowery, aged 1, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Herbert C. Mowery, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1910

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  • David C. Mowery, American Professor of New Enterprise Development at the University of California, Berkeley
  • M. E. Mowery, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 8th District, 1975-78; Defeated, 1978, 1982
  • Jean Mowery, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • Faye I. Mowery, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1972
  • Fay Mowery, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1960
  • 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
  • Harold F. Mowery Jr (1930-2014), American politician, Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate (1993-2004)


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The Mowery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mowery Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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