LOWRIE
A few years ago a message was posted, but there is a note at the end of the posting indicating that the posting has been archived and cannot be responded to. So, I'm going to anyway. In 2002, Aviseenah wanted to know the origins of Lowrie. She suspected it was German, but thought it looked Irish.Judith responded saying, "Lowrie doesn't sound German either. I would guess that is has got something to do with the first name Lorentz/Lawrence/Laurens etc..." Judith was wrong about Lowrie being German, but right about Lorentz/Lawrence/Laurens etc...Check out Laurence on this site: http://www.behindthename.com/php/view.php?name=laurence-1From the Roman cognomen Laurentius, which meant "of Laurentum". Laurentum was a city in ancient Italy, its name probably deriving from Latin laurus "laurel". Saint Laurence was a 3rd-century deacon and martyr from Rome. According to tradition he was roasted alive on a gridiron because, when ordered to hand over the church's treasures, he presented the sick and poor.Also check out http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?l=l&p=3:masc. proper name, from O.Fr. Lorenz (Fr. Laurent), from L. Laurentius, lit. "of Laurentum," a maritime town in Latium, lit. "town of bay trees," from laurus (see laurel). The It. form is Lorenzo. A popular given name in the Middle Ages, as a surname it is attested from 1141. Larkin is a pet-form. For some reason, the name since at least 18c. has been the personification of indolence (cf. also Ger. der faule Lenz "Lazy Lawrence"). But in Scotland, the pet form Lowrie has been used for "a fox" (1500), also for "a crafty person" (1567).I have been researching genealogy for 28 years, and Lowrie just happens to be my maiden name, so I know quite familiar with its origins.According to Aviseenah, they pronounce it LAW-er-ee. We (Philadelphians) pronounce it Lau (like cow)rE (like tee). Some Lowries did emigrate to Ireland before immigrating to America, but it is not an Irish name. It is Scots. A woman from Edinburgh once told me L-o-w-r-i-e was the proper spelling. We are of Strathclyde Briton origin and first appeared in Dumfriesshire. My father and grandmother have told me that our ancestors were guardsmen for King James VI & I (which is one man for those who do not know--he commissioned the Authorized King James version of the Bible).
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