Mowrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Mowrey reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Mowrey family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mowrey family lived in Northumberland. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Montbrai, in La Manche, Normandy. [1]

However, another source claims the family claim descent from "the ancient barony of Mowbray, called by Odericus Vitalis Molbraium, [which] was identical with the village of Monbrai, in the canton or Perci, an arrondissement of St. Lo in Normandy." [2]

Early Origins of the Mowrey family

The surname Mowrey was first found in Northumberland where Geoffrey de Montbray (d. 1093,) Bishop of Coutances was a warrior, administrator and close assistant of William the Conqueror.

After the death of William, Geoffrey settled in Bristol, (as listed in the Domesday Book) where he built a strong castle but frequently feuded with William II." A strong castle was erected [at Thirsk in the North Riding of Yorkshire] about 979 by the family of Mowbray, where Roger de Mowbray in the time of Henry II., having become a confederate of the King of Scotland, erected his standard against his lawful sovereign: upon the suppression of the revolt, this fortress, with many others, was entirely demolished by order of the king." [3]

The same Roger de Mowbray also held Bambrough Castle in Northumberland. "After the Norman Conquest it was held by Robert de Mowbray, on whose insurrection against William Rufus it was besieged, and, after an obstinate defence, surrendered to that monarch, who threatened, unless it were given up, to put out the eyes of Mowbray, who had been taken prisoner." [3]

The markettown and parish of Kirby-Malzeard in the West Riding of Yorkshire was another ancient family seat. "This place was the property of the Mowbray family, afterwards dukes of Norfolk, whose castle here was demolished in the reign of Henry II., and one of whom, John de Mowbray, obtained for the inhabitants in the reign of Edward I. a charter for a weekly market and two annual fairs." [3]

"The Mowbrays used the mulBerry as their rebus. Thomas Duke of Norfolk, at his famous duel with the Duke of Hereford at Coventry, rode a 'horse barded with crimson velvet embroydered with Lions of silver and mulberry trees.' " [4]

Early History of the Mowrey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mowrey research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1366, 1399, 1377, 1396, 1444, 1476, 1475, 1225, 1314, 1365, 1399, 1397, 1385, 1405 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Mowrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mowrey Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mowrey family name include Mowbray, Moubray, Mowbrey, Moubrey and others.

Early Notables of the Mowrey family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Mowbray (1365-1399), an English nobleman, created 1st Duke of Norfolk in 1397, by King Richard II of England; and Thomas de Mowbray (1385-1405), 4th Earl of Norfolk, 2nd Earl of Nottingham, 8th Baron Segrave, 7th Baron Mowbray, English nobleman and rebel, after death of father, allowed to succeed him as Earl of Norfolk and Nottingham. He received his father's...
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Mowrey Ranking

In the United States, the name Mowrey is the 14,810th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Mowrey migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Mowrey family to immigrate North America:

Mowrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C. Mowrey, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • C Mowrey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
Mowrey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Burtie E. Mowrey, aged 12, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Eloise S. Mowrey, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Paul Mowrey, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Henry M. Mowrey, aged 69, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Kent Mowrey, aged 25, who immigrated to America, in 1914

Contemporary Notables of the name Mowrey (post 1700) +

  • Caitlin Mowrey (b. 1980), American actress, best known for her role of Dawn Tartikoff in the NBC sitcom City Guys
  • Harry Harlan "Mike" Mowrey (1884-1947), American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Daniel "Dude" Mowrey (b. 1972), American country music artist
  • Wesley H. Mowrey, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 6th District, 1976, 1978 [7]
  • Harold F. Mowrey Jr., American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 31st District, 1993-2004 [7]
  • Fred D. Mowrey, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Midland District, 1932 [7]

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  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
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  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook