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The name Towers was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Towers family lived in Lancashire. Tower indicates that the original bearer lived in the tower of a castle.

Towers Early Origins



The surname Towers 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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Towers Spelling Variations


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Towers Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Tower, Towers, Toure, Toures, Lowick, Lofwick and others.

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Towers Early History


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Towers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Towers 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 Towers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Towers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Towers Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Towers In Ireland


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Towers In Ireland



Some of the Towers 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 emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Towers or a variant listed above:

Towers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Towers settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Edward Towers, aged 26, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Towers, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Francis Towers, who arrived in Maryland in 1638
  • Deborah Towers, who landed in Maryland in 1639
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Towers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Towers, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Towers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Towers, who landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Jesse Towers, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Sarah Towers, aged 42, landed in New York in 1864
  • Ann Towers, aged 15, landed in New York in 1864
  • Charles Towers, who arrived in New York in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Towers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Towers U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Towers U.E. who settled in Saint David Parish, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Towers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Towers, a stone-mason, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Charles Towers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849

Towers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Towers, aged 32, a gardener, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Mary Towers, aged 33, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Frederick Towers, aged 9, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Arthur Towers, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Janet Towers, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Towers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Towers (post 1700)



  • John Henry Towers (1885-1955), United States Navy admiral and pioneer naval aviator, eponym of the destroyer USS Towers (DDG-9)
  • Joshua Eric Towers (b. 1977), American former right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William Hunter Towers (1861-1904), English-born, Welsh rugby union forward
  • Mark Anthony Towers (b. 1952), English former professional footballer
  • Julie Towers (b. 1976), Australian gold medalist field hockey player at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Cyril Towers (1906-1985), Australian rugby union player
  • George Hugh Neil Towers FRSC (1923-2004), Canadian botanist and Emeritus Professor of Botany at the University of British Columbia
  • Graham Ford Towers CC (1897-1975), the first Governor of the Bank of Canada from 1934 to 1954
  • Harry Alan Towers (1921-2009), British film producer and screenwriter

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Towers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Towers 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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