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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Woodseats, co. Derby, temp. Henry VI.; represented, when Lysons wrote, by George Mower, Esq., of Holt House, in Darley). Erm. on a chev. az. three roses ar.
2) (co. Devon). Ar. two chev. gu. Crest—A dove with an olive branch in the beak ppr.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Mower Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Mower Origin:


Origins of Mower:

According to early recordings of the spelling of the surname, this interesting name iss listed in many spelling forms as Mawe, Mow, Mowe, Mower and Mawer. It is an Old English geographical and professional name. It is an example of the many and different new names that derive from old gardening techniques. It derives from the pre 7th-century word "maw," which means a part of farmland. The profession of a person who worked (mawer), in cutting the grazing lands or meadow to give dried grass. The grass was the single most significant crop in early times and the basic or only one food for all cattle. In the North of England, the name quiet commonly appeared as Mawer, while in the south of the country, the old and Middle English word "mowen" introduced the more famous name "Mower". Examples of the surname registering consist of John le Mowere in the assize court rolls of the division of Somerset in the year 1225, John le Mawere of Yorkshire in the Pipe Rolls of 1297, Oliver de la Mowe in the tax records famous as the "Feet of Fines" for the city of London in the year 1317, and the wedding of Daniell Mower and Sarah Powle at St. Dionis Backchurch, also in the city of London in 1659.


More common variations are: Mowery, Mouwer, Mowyer, Mowere, Moweri, Mowier, Mowier, Mowera, Moywer, Mowero, Mowher.


The origins of the surname Mower were found in Cheshire where people held a family seat from early times. Someone say better before the success of Normans and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings1066 A.D.


Many of the people with name Mower had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Mower settled in the United States in four different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th. Some of the people with the name Mower who settled in the United States in the 17th century included Richard Mower landed in Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1642. Daniel Mower arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1685.

Some of the people with the surname Mower who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Jurick Mower would eventually settle in New York in the year 1715-1716. Hans Geo Mower at the age of 23 arrived in Pennsylvania in the year 1743.

Some of the people with the name Mower who settled in the United States in the 19th century included B W Mower landed in San Francisco, California in the year 1855. Jacob Mower arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864. Peter Mower and Piero Mower, both landed in Allegany (Allegheny) Division, Pennsylvania in the same year 1874. A. Mower at the age of 43, who shifted to America from London in the year 1892.

The following century saw more Mower surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Mower who settled in the United States in the 20th century included Elsa Mower, who moved to the United States in the year 1907. Dorothea Mower at the age of 28 landed in America from England, London in the year 1908. Ernest Mower at the age of 31 arrived in America from Clacton, England in 1911. Alice Mower at the age of 27 moved to America from Sevenokes, England in the year 1911. Cyril Frank Mower at the age of 3 arrived in America from Clacton, England in the year 1912.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Mower: United States 4,019; England 963; Australia 210; Canada 60; South Africa 384; Scotland 39; New-Zealand 57; United Arab Emirates 31; Spain 6; Russia 4.

Notable People:

Caryn Mower (born 1965), is an American professional wrestler actress, and a performer.

Charles Mower is an American sailboat developer and author.

Jack Mower (1890 – 1965), was an American film artist and entertainer.

John Edward Mower (1815 – 1879), was a representative of Minnesota territorial legislature in the year 1850.

Joseph A. Mower (1827 – 1870), Union general during the American Civil War

Liam Mower (born 1992), is an English artist and dancer.

Morton Mower was an American expert in cardiology and the co-creator of the automatically fixable cardioverter defibrillator.

Mower Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Mower blazon is the chevron. The three main tinctures (colors) are ermine, gules and azure .

Ermine is a very ancient pattern, and distinctive to observe. It was borne alone by John de Monfort, the Earl of Richmond and Duke of Brittany in the late 14th century 1 It has a long association with royalty and the nobility in general and hence represents “Dignity” wherever it is found 2. The ermine pattern is white with, typically, a three dots and a dart grouping representing the tail of the furred creature.3. The ermine spot is sometimes found alone as a special charge on the shield.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”4. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 5. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).6

Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” 7. The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance 8.

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 9, or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.10. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 11, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.

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  • 1 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P69
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P39
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 28
  • 4 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 5 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
  • 7 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150
  • 9 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various)
  • 10 The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859
  • 11 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45