The surname Towe is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Towe is derived from the Old French word touche, meaning thicket, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a thicket.
Early Origins of the Towe family
The surname Towe was first found in Cheshire
, where the family is conjecturally descended from Joslin de Touche, who was granted lands by King William, the Duke of Normandy
, after the Conquest. The Touches were Lords of Audley, the Earls of Castlehaven. By the 14th century, many of these Norman nobles moved north to Scotland
and were granted land by King David of Scotland.
Early History of the Towe family
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Towe Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Touch, Toulch, Tough, Tuff, Tuf, Toucht and others.
Early Notables of the Towe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Towe family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Towe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- R Towe, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Towe (post 1700)
- Harry Lancaster Towe (1898-1977), American Republican Party politician
- Monte Corwin Towe (b. 1953), American basketball coach and retired player
- Peter Milburn Towe (b. 1922), retired Canadian diplomat and businessman
- Jaarnek Towe (b. 1965), Swedish singer