Lowden Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History
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Origins of Lowden:
Listed in many forms such as Loudoun, Lowden, Loudham, Lowdham, and Laudham, this is an old Anglo-Scottish surname. If Scottish, it acquires from an area known as “The lands of Loudoun” in the county of Cunningham, in the division of Ayrshire, itself an ancient part of the 9th-century British kingdom of Strathclyde. The structure of the place name is the Northern English word “low,” which means a flame or beam, itself from the Norse-Viking word “loge,” and the Gaelic “doun,” which means a slope. In some examples, it may be a form of the surname and place name “Lothian,” John de Loudonia was the inspector of Berwick in about 1327, while Patrick Louthyan was a citizen of Linlithgow in 1445. In England, the origin of the name may be the similar, or more likely it is from one of the different hamlets like Loudham in Suffolk, Lowdham near Nottingham, both converts as the home of Hlud, a first name, or Lowden near Chippenham, which has the similar meaning as the Scottish name.
More common variations are: Lowdeny, Loden, Louden, Lowdon, Lawden, Loyden, Lowten, Loaden, Lodden, Lohden.
The surname Lowden first appeared in Perthshire, an old district in the new Conference Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from old times, some say well before the Norman invasion and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of James de Loudun, dated about 1189, in the “Land charters of Scotland.” It was during the time of King William who was known to be the “Lyon”, dated 1165-1214. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Lowden landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Lowden who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included James Lowden settled in Virginia in 1635. Augustine Lowden and Augustine Lowden, both arrived in New England in 1660. Edward Lowden came to Nevis in 1661.
People with the surname Lowden who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Thomas Lowden arrived in New England in 1738. Jonathan Lowden came to America in 1758. John Lowden landed in America in 1792.
The following century saw more Lowden surnames arrive. Some of the people with the name Lowden who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Robert Lowden came in New York, NY in 1815. Mary Lowden arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834. Jane Lowden, who landed in New York, NY in 1845.
Some of the individuals with the surname Lowden who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Jane Lowden arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship “Aliquis.” Bessy Lowden arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship “Fitzjames.”
Some of the population with the surname Lowden who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included James Lowden landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836. Joseph Lowden and Phebe Lowden, both arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship “Gertrude” in the same year 1841.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Lowden: United States 2,607; England 1,097; Australia 442; Canada 417; South Africa 201; Germany 134; Scotland 105; New Zealand 80; Northern Ireland 72; France 49.
Frank Orren Lowden (1861–1943), was an American leader.
George Lowden (born 1951), is a British guitar manufacturer.
Gordon Lowden (1927–2012), was a British analyst.
Hunter Lowden (born 1982), is a Canadian shipper.
Jack Lowden (born 1990), is a British actor.
John Lowden (born 1953), is a British art professor.
Luke Lowden (born 1991), is an Australian football player.
Sue Lowden (born 1952), is an American politician.
Blazons & Genealogy Notes
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