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Early Origins of the Stowers family

The surname Stowers was first found in Hampshire where William filius Stur was listed in the Pipe Rolls for 1162. The same rolls also listed William Stur. A few years later, Anger Sturre was listed in Berkshire in 1206 and later again, William atte Sture was found in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1332. In this case, it is believed that the name was derived from the River Stour in Essex. [1] West Stower in Dorset is located on the River Stour. [2]

While the aforementioned are early roll entries for the family, Dorset may indeed be the original homeland of the family. [3] [4] East Stower is a parish in the union of Shaftesbury, hundred of Redlane, Shaston in Dorset. [5] Stower-Provost is another parish and liberty, in the union of Shaftesbury, Shaston division of the county of Dorset and finally, West Stower is another parish, in the union of Shaftesbury, hundred of Redlane, Shaston division of the county of Dorset. [5]

Early History of the Stowers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stowers research. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1206, 1440, 1470, 1497, 1501, 1503 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Stowers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stowers Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stower, Stowers, Stowars, Stowar, Stouer, Stur, Styre and many more.

Early Notables of the Stowers family

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Stowers Ranking

In the United States, the name Stowers is the 4,955th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [6]


United States Stowers migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stowers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Stowers, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630 [7]
  • Nicholas Stowers, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1631 [7]
Stowers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Stowers, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Stowers (post 1700) +

  • Craig F. Stowers (1954-2022), American lawyer and jurist, 18th Chief Justice, of the Alaska Supreme Court (2015-2018)
  • Freddie Stowers (1896-1918), American United States Army Corporal, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War I
  • Harry E. Stowers Jr. (1926-2015), American jurist, lawyer, and politician, Member of the New Mexico Supreme Court (1982-1989)
  • Christopher James 'Chris" Stowers (b. 1974), American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Montreal Expos in 1999
  • Julia Gray Stowers (b. 1982), American gold medalist competitive swimmer at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Saleisha Stowers (b. 1986), American fashion model
  • James E. "Jim" Stowers (1924-2014), American founder the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and American Century Investments
  • Carlton Stowers, award winning American author [8]
  • Sherwin Stowers (b. 1986), New Zealand rugby player
  • Shannon Stowers, New Zealand rugby league player for the Auckland Lions


  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  7. 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)
  8. Carlton Stowers. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Carlton Stowers. Retrieved from http://www.truecrime.net/carltonstowers/


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