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Lowe Surname Meaning

English and Scottish: variant of Low . German (Löwe) and Danish (Løwe): from Middle High German lēwe löuwe ‘lion’ hence a nickname for a brave or regal person. In some cases the surname may have been a topographic or habitational name referring to a house or inn distinguished by the sign of a lion. It is also found in Sweden. Compare Loewe 1 Lau Lave and Lurvey . Jewish (Ashkenazic; Löwe): artificial name from German Löwe ‘lion’. Jewish (Ashkenazic; also Löwe): Germanized form of Levy . Compare Loewe Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 劉 (see Liu ) and 盧 (see Lu ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Loewe, Lowy, Lowen, Low, Howe, Lobe, Rowe, Love, Lose, Dowe

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Where is the Lowe family from?

You can see how Lowe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lowe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lowe families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 598 Lowe families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Lowe's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Lowe families in 1911.
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What did your Lowe ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Lowe. 34% of Lowe men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Lowe women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lowe were Clerk and Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    34%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Operator
    10%
  • Servant
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 71,000 immigration records available for the last name Lowe. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 103,000 military records available for the last name Lowe. For the veterans among your Lowe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lowe lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Lowe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Lowe in 1940 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

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