Towns History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Towns family

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.

Early History of the Towns family

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Towns Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Towns family (pre 1700)

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Towns Ranking

In the United States, the name Towns is the 3,580th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]


United States Towns migration to the United States +

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 [2]
Towns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Towns, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [2]
  • M Towns, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Alexander Towns, aged 25, who landed in America from Aberdeen, in 1892
  • Wm. F.M. Towns, aged 24, who immigrated 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Levenshuline, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Towns migration to Australia +

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

Towns Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Towns, English labourer who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" in May 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. William Towns, English convict who was convicted in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the ""Blenheim"" on 24th July 1850, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island, Australia [4]
  • Miss Elizabeth Towns, English convict who was convicted in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Duchess of Northumberland" on 25th November 1852, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Towns (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 1st March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elizabeth
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duchess-of-northumberland


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