Townes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Townes family

The surname Townes was first found in Linlithgowshire (Gaelic: Lodainn an Iar), former county in south-central Scotland, now the Council Area West Lothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Townes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Townes research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1339, 1423, 1531, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Townes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Townes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Towne, Town, Towns, Townes and others.

Early Notables of the Townes family (pre 1700)

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


United States Townes migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Townes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Townes, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • Martha Townes, who arrived in Carolina in 1724 [1]
Townes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Townes, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]

Australia Townes migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Townes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Townes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Townes (post 1700) +

  • Sandra Lynn Townes (1944-2018), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2015-2018)
  • Marvin Townes (b. 1980), American AFL football running back
  • Linton Townes (b. 1959), American retired professional basketball player
  • Jeffrey Townes (b. 1965), American singer, more commonly known as DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • Carol Lynn Townes, American gospel singer
  • Harry Townes (1914-2001), American television and film actor
  • Charles H Townes (b. 1915), American physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1964 for inventing the maser (laser)
  • Justin Townes Earle (1982-2020), American singer-songwriter and musician, son of country artist Steve Earle
  • Jackie Townes McGee, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 2012 [3]
  • Townes Van Zandt (1944-1997), American singer and songwriter from Texas


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BLUNDELL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Blundell.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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