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Towles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Towles surname is a patronymic created from the Old English name Toll.


Early Origins of the Towles family


The surname Towles was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Towles family


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Towles Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Tolson, Tollson, Tolsen and others.

Early Notables of the Towles family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Towles family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Towles Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Caroline M. Towles, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Alice Sharp Towles, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Mapperley, England, in 1910
  • Oliver Towles, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Rosamond Towles, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Bradford, England, in 1912
  • Edwin Wesley Howard Towles, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Towles (post 1700)


  • Tom Towles (1950-2015), American actor, known for his roles in Night of the Living Dead (1990), The Devil's Rejects (2005) and Halloween (2007)
  • Nat Towles (1905-1963), African-American musician, jazz and big band leader

The Towles Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ferro comite
Motto Translation: My sword my companion.


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