Tower History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Tower family name to the British Isles. They lived in Lancashire. Tower indicates that the original bearer lived in the tower of a castle.  In Normandy, the name was originally "De Tours, [having] descended from the Umfrevilles of Normandy, Barons of Prudhoe."  
Early Origins of the Tower family
The surname Tower was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from ancient times, and were the Lords of the manor of Lowick or Lofwick. William of Tours accompanied William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings, and was granted estates under tenant in Chief, the Baron of Kendall. Some branches of this distinguished line remained in Lancashire, while others branched south to Sowerby in Lincolnshire, and Isle of Ely. Others of this family adopted the name Lowick and Lofwick and remained in Lancashire.
"William de Lancaster, first Baron of Kendal, granted certain lands here, temp. Henry II., to the Towers family, who conveyed them to the Lofwics in the reign of John. The estate was held by the Lofwics until it passed by marriage, in the reign of Henry VI." 
Gilbert le Tower was one of the first entries for the family in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. 
Further to the north in Scotland, "the family of Towers of Inverleith descended from Walter Towers, a Frenchman, merchant in Edinburgh in the reign of David II and William de Tours, vallet of Scotland, was made prisoner in a battle on the March of Scotland, 1359." 
Early History of the Tower family
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Tower Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Tower, Towers, Toure, Toures, Lowick, Lofwick and others.
Early Notables of the Tower family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Tower is the 5,077th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Migration of the Tower family to Ireland
Some of the Tower family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tower or a variant listed above:
Tower Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Tower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tower Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Tower Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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