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The surname Towns 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Towns research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1339, 1423, 1531, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Towns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Towns Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Towns, who landed in Virginia in 1719

Towns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Towns, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • M Towns, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Alexander Towns, aged 25, who landed in America from Aberdeen, in 1892
  • Wm. F.M. Towns, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Towns Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Walter F. Towns, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1900
  • Charles Towns, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1905
  • James Towns, aged 50, who landed in America from Levenshuline, England, in 1907
  • Jane S Towns, aged 60, who settled in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1907
  • Sarah Ann Towns, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States from Levenshuline, England, in 1907
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  • Morris Towns (b. 1954), former American NFL football offensive tackle
  • Lester Towns (b. 1977), former American NFL football linebacker
  • George Washington Bonaparte Towns (1801-1854), American lawyer, legislator, and politician, 39th Governor of Georgia from 1847 to 1851
  • Forrest Grady "Spec" Towns (1914-1991), American gold medalist track and field athlete at the 1936 Olympic Games
  • Edolphus Towns (b. 1934), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York
  • Darryl Towns (b. 1961), American politician, member of New York State Legislature
  • Charles B. Towns (1862-1947), American expert on alcoholism and drug addiction who helped draft drug control legislation
  • William "Bill" Towns (1936-1993), British car designer
  • Tom Towns (b. 1953), former Canadian Football League linebacker from Rosetown, Saskatchewan
  • Simon Towns (b. 1972), New Zealand silver medalist field hockey player at the 2002 Commonwealth Games
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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