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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.

Tower Early Origins



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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Tower Spelling Variations


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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.

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Tower Early History


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Tower Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tower research. Another 423 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1640, 1633, 1359, 1457, 1462, 1508, 1558 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Tower History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tower Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tower Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Tower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tower In Ireland


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Tower In Ireland



Some of the Tower family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

  • John Tower settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • John Tower, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Francis Tower, who arrived in Maryland in 1638
  • John Tower settled in New England with five children in 1641
  • Robert Tower, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Tower, aged 22, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Mary Tower, who arrived in New York in 1808
  • Peggy Tower, who arrived in New York in 1808
  • Ann Tower, who arrived in New York in 1808
  • Catharine Tower, who landed in New York in 1808
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tower Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jos Tower, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

Tower Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Tower, aged 31, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • Peter Tower, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tower (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tower (post 1700)



  • Elizabeth C. "Liz" Tower (1920-2013), American artist and philanthropist
  • Zealous Bates Tower (1819-1900), American soldier and civil engineer who served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • William Lawrence Tower (b. 1872), American zoologist
  • John Goodwin Tower (1925-1991), American politician, eponym of the Tower Commission that investigated the Iran-Contra Affair
  • Joan Tower (b. 1938), American composer of classical music
  • Charlemagne Tower Jr. (1848-1923), American diplomat
  • Major General Philip Thomas Tower CB, DSO, MBE (1917-2006), former commander of Royal Military College, Sandhurst

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Tower Historic Events


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Tower Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. M Tower, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Tower Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tower 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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