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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We LOWES are truly amazing and i hope we will keep our family pride for years to come!!
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.
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 widespread....love that my profession and subject specialism relates to a possible ancient past for me
So proud to carry the Lowe name. With 6 grandsons to carry on the name
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!!!
I am in the U.S.A. and have always wondered when the Lowe name originated from.
Wondering where my family name originated from
i like the fact of been same as a lion,i can relate to that
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!