Last name: Lowe

This ancient surname which can be confusingly English, Dutch, Germanic, Norman French or even Scottish in origin. It sometimes has identical spellings in different countries, but quite different meanings! If English it is usually spelt Low or Lowe, and derives from the pre 7th century word 'hlaw, meaning a prominent small hill, a barrow or burial mound, and hence somebody who lived by such a place. However in all countries it may be a medieval nickname derived from the Old Norse word 'lagr, meaning low or short, and hence probably given to a tall person!. The Norman French word 'lou', meaning wolf is also a possibility as a nickname in all countries. If so it described a ferocious individua, or again probably the reverse. In countries whose language is primarily German based the surname is recorded in many forms including Low, Lowe, Leeb (Germany), Lob and Lobe (Alsace), Leue, Leeuw, Leeuwink, Leeuwerink, Louw (Dutch), Lev (Czech) and others. Here it may derive from the pre medieval word 'lewo' meaning a lion, and hence was a name given to a brave or regal person. This explanation may have some connection with the Ashkenasic word 'leyb' and the lion of Judah. Lastly the name can be Scottish in origin, and a short form of male given name Lawrence. The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world may be that of John le Lu. This was dated 1207, in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Gloucestershire, during the reign of King John of England, 1199 - 1216. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Matthew Lowe
We LOWES are truly amazing and i hope we will keep our family pride for years to come!!

Pat Lau
Grandparents from Berlin and what is now Gdansk Poland but Germany in the 1800's


Im 11 years old and im a lowe. im working on a coat of arm project for school

Leonard Terence Lowe

I come from a long line of the Lowe family, we have traced our family back to Yorkshire. Mining coal, iron ore & Woking in iron and steel, is all we have ever done. It's in our blood.


The Lowes were related through marriage to King Henry the vlll of England. Many of them served in the revolutionary war of the U.S.

Debi Lowe

Love the meaning behind the name....especially the pre 7th Century version as Hlaw, I am an archaeologist who specialises in Prehistorc Britain, in particular the Stone and Bronze Age when barrows and burial mounds were that my profession and subject specialism relates to a possible ancient past for me

Richard Lowe

So proud to carry the Lowe name. With 6 grandsons to carry on the name

Dorothy Lowe
I was born in Birmingham in 1933, went to Yardley Grammar School. Now living in France, close to the Swiss border but stil love the old country!!!

Ron Lowe
I am in the U.S.A. and have always wondered when the Lowe name originated from.

Randall Lowe
Wondering where my family name originated from

jason lowe
i like the fact of been same as a lion,i can relate to that

Brandon Lowe
A burial mound...just my luck..

My mother's maiden name was Lowe. I have some papers of research that was started years ago showing the original spelling was Lough. I have no idea what my ancestry is, but I've always wanted to know!

Sandra lowe
Depending on the spelling of the name.... you can find the country your ancesters migrated from.... mine was from germany.... probably the jews migrating to england and own to america..... the lowes in england were given manor lands by king probably as a dowry ! The lowes spelledm louw were from the dutch lands...... you can have settledanywhere after war world II ......many german jews escaped the gas chambers and concentration camps or were saved by intervention of allied troops!

Shawn Lowe
Pretty interesting - the meaning a lion part got me, my father always refer to himself as such. My Lowe are from Jamaica

Hazel ( ne Lowe)
Where are all you isle of wight LOWES? I can trace you back to the late 1700.......

Prof/Dr Colin Edward Lowe
Born in South Africa, grandson of Albert Edward John Lowe - from Brighton England (immigrated to South Africa on a sailing ship in 1904). Any living family connections?

Leander lowe
Im from Manchester the lowe side of my family were very closed books so I don't no anything past my grandad named Charles lowe ( only child) from Manchester I don't no anything about his parents

Pauline Lowe
Anyone in Liverpool who knows George William Lowe, his father was also George William Lowe and mother Mary Lowe