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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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
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.
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.
Im 11 years old and im a lowe. im working on a coat of arm project for school
Grandparents from Berlin and what is now Gdansk Poland but Germany in the 1800's
We LOWES are truly amazing and i hope we will keep our family pride for years to come!!
I AGREE 2
Yes indeed, keep it rolling fellows.
I hate my surname, i'm always lowe becuase of it.
Yes I agree!! I love our Name LOWE , KEEP IT FOREVER IS WHAT I HAVE DONE
I am from the Scottish side and can trace my ancestry back to 1520 and I am very proud of my surname.
I am doing my family tree and have come across some sad and wonderful facts about my line of the Lowe family, they are mostly based in Staffordshire/ Derbyshire in England, but my father always used to tell me we are related to the wolf me who came to England with William the Conqueror (lots of fiction but maybe a tiny bit of fact)
I must say we Lowe's will continue for ever and ever
Lowe Svärd Nilsson
I have Lowe as my first name! :) keep it in pride my slaves!
Got German and Scottish Lowe.