Lower Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Lower Origin:

England, Germany

Origin of Lower:

This surname is listed with various forms such as Lewer, Lower, and this name is derived from the word Lowers or Lowerson. It is an English name. This surname holds two possible origins. The first origin is associated with an old professional surname for a servant or supplier of water, it means the man who provided water at a table to guests for washing their hand. The foundation of this surname derives from the Middle English word ‘ewer’, itself deriving from the pre 10th century Norman French l’evier’, the surname forms with an addition of ‘L’ phrase expressing the combined phrase ‘le’. Furthermore, the surname is perhaps in English form from the old Welsh name ‘Llywerch’, a name which is the combination of two words “IIyw” and “March”. The word “IIyw” means Ruler or Leader and the word “march” means progression or a horse and maybe it similar to the French Mareschall or English Marshall. It is considered that the surname from this origin is especially related with Cornwall. Jone Lowers, was named at St Margarets, Westminster, in June 1547, and the wedding of Hercules Lower and Lore Aleigh listed at Lanreath, Cornwall, in January 1597.


More common variations of this surname are: Lowery, Lowere, Loewer, Lowaer, Lowerr, Lowyer, Lowera, Loywer, Louwer, Lowear, etc


The name Lower firstly appeared in Bohemia, where the lower family became a well-known donator to the monarchy from old times. Lower family always played a vital role in the field of social responsibilities; the family appeared an essential part of that area as it developed to form relations with another family under the Feudal System and the nation. One of the first is listed as Bohemian holders of the name was Hensel Lebel, who lived in Budweis in 1317.


The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Richard Lewer, which was dated 1219, in the Fees Court Rolls of Surrey. It was during the time of King Henry III of England, 1216 – 1272. 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. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Lower settled in the United States in two different centuries respectively in 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Lower who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Christianna Lower, Elisabeth Lower, Elizabeth Lower, Andreas Lower and Johannes Lower, all of these people arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732.

Some of the individuals with the name Lower who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Jonas Friedrich Lower, who arrived in America in 1836. John Lower, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) Division, Pennsylvania in 1838. Martin Lower at the age of 17, arrived in New York in 1854 and Susanne Caroline Lower, who landed in America in 1857.


Some of the people with the name Lower who settled in Australia in the 19th century included Frederick W. Lower, at the age 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship “Cheapside” in 1849. F.W. Lower arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Cheapside” in 1849. Matthew Lower at the age of 64, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship “Trafalgar”. Alfred Lower at the age of 25 and Matthew Lower at the age of 23 both arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship “Emigrant”.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Lower: United States 5,324; England 989; Poland 239; Argentina 224; Australia 299; Brazil 143; Canada 252; Germany 975; Turkey 140; New Zealand 78.

Notable People:

Cyrus B. Lower (1843–1924), was an American Medal of Honor recipient.

Geoffrey Lower (born 1963), was a famous American artist and entertainer. He was famous for performing as Reverend Timothy Johnson on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. He also performed as Monica’s boyfriend Alan in Friends in season one, episode three.

Oswald Bertram Lower (1863–1925), was an Australian entomologist.

Richard Lower (physician) (1631–1691), was a Cornish doctor who experimented with blood transmission.

Robert A. Lower (1844–1918), was an American Civil War Medal of Honor recipient.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (St. Winnow Barton, Polmawgan, Tremeere, and Lezant, co. Cornwall; thirteen generations in Visit. 1620). Sa. a chev. betw. three roses ar. Crest—A unicorn’s head erased quarterly ar. and sa. Another Crest—A unicorn’s head erased ar.
2) (St. Tudy, co. Cornwall). Same Arms. Crest—A unicorn’s head erased ar. crined and armed or.
3) (Trelaske, co. Cornwall; Thomas Lower, son of Peter Lower, and grandson of Thomas Lower, all of same place. Visit. Cornwall, 1620). Sa. a chev. betw. three roses ar. (another, field az. chev. engr. roses or). Crest—A unicorn’s head erased ar.
4) (co. Devon). Sa. three oak leaves ar.

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