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Where did the English Stowe family come from? What is the English Stowe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stowe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stowe family history?

The Stowe name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in one of the many English places called Stow. However, in Worcestershire, the Old English word stow, which means place, or more specifically, holy place, was retained as part of the common vocabulary of Old English. Experts theorize that in this county, the surname Stowe alludes to residence by a monastery or church. Thus, the surname Stowe belongs to both the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Stowe has undergone many spelling variations, including Stow, Stowe, Stoue and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire. Although the name has long existed as both a place and personal name in various counties, including Cambridgeshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, and Suffolk. Stow Fair was a medieval fair inaugurated in 1233 and held on the 23rd of June each year at a place now called Stow Green Hill in Lincolnshire. The fair continued through the centuries until 1954. Stowe or Stow is also a small village and civil parish in Shropshire, England.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stowe research. Another 308 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1315, 1525, 1601, 1602, 1605, 1793, and 1864 are included under the topic Early Stowe History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stowe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Stowe were among those contributors:

Stowe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Stowe, who came to Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1634
  • John Stowe, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1634
  • James Stowe, who landed in Maryland in 1662
  • Judith Stowe, who arrived in Virginia in 1668

Stowe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Stowe, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Agnes Stowe, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Agnes Stowe, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Agnes Stowe, aged 45, who emigrated to America from London, in 1892
  • Ann Stowe, aged 22, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1892

Stowe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alice Stowe, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Elizabeth Stowe, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Leeds, in 1907
  • Ethel Stowe, aged 33, who landed in America from Brighton, England, in 1910
  • Amos Stowe, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Ewing, England, in 1910
  • Arnold Stowe, aged 32, who landed in America from Brighton, England, in 1910

Stowe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Stowe, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1776

Stowe Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Emma L. Stowe, aged 50, who settled in St. Johns, Newfoundland in 1906

Stowe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Stowe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
  • James George Stowe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849

Stowe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • H. Stowe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Anazi" in 1879


  • William McFerrin Stowe (1913-1988), American bishop of the Methodist and United Methodist Churches
  • William Stowe (b. 1940), American two-time gold medalist rower
  • Tyronne Stowe (b. 1965), American retired National Football League linebacker
  • Reid Stowe (b. 1952), American artist and sailor
  • Otto Stowe (b. 1949), American former National Football League wide receiver, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Madeleine Stowe (b. 1958), American Gold Globe nominated actress
  • Leland Stowe (1899-1994), Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist
  • Irving Stowe (1915-1974), American lawyer, activist and co-founder of Greenpeace
  • Dorothy Stowe (1920-2010), American-born, Canadian social activist, environmentalist, co-founder of Greenpeace
  • Calvin Ellis Stowe (1802-1886), American biblical scholar and advocate of public education



  • Genealogy of the Stowe (Stowe) Family in America by Aber Stowe Wiester.
  • The Stowe Family: Descendants of William and Mary Stowe, From Virginia to North Carolina by Rachel Hanna Hoke.

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The Stowe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stowe 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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