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The name Towery came to England with the ancestors of the Towery family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Towery family lived in Lancashire. Tower indicates that the original bearer lived in the tower of a castle.

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The surname Towery 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.

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Tower, Towers, Toure, Toures, Lowick, Lofwick and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Towery 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 Towery History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Towery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Towery 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.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Towery or a variant listed above:

Towery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Luke Towery, aged 25, landed in New York in 1849
  • Mary Towery, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1896

Towery Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Ned Towery, aged 24, who emigrated to Norfolk, U.S.A., in 1915

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  • William Carlisle Towery (b. 1920), nicknamed "Blackie" or "Big Boy, a retired American NBA basketball player


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The Towery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Towery 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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