Low Name Meaning

English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived near a tumulus, mound or hill, Middle English lowe, from Old English hlaw (see Law 2). Scottish and English: nickname for a short man, from Middle English lah, lowe (Old Norse lágr; the word was adopted first into the northern dialects of Middle English, where Scandinavian influence was strong, and then spread south, with regular alteration of the vowel quality). English and Scottish (of Norman origin): nickname for a violent or dangerous person, from Anglo-Norman French lou, leu ‘wolf’ (Latin lupus). Wolves were relatively common in Britain at the time when most surnames were formed, as there still existed large tracts of uncleared forest. Scottish: from a pet form of Lawrence. Compare Lowry 1. Americanized spelling of Jewish Lowe.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Law, Clow, Bow, Lew, Loy, Blow, Dow, Loo, Lowe, Loge

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Low Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Low. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • China


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Low Family Origin

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Low Family Occupations

What did your Low ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Low. The most common Low occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Low's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Low family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant

  • Agricultural Labourer


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Low Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 226,000 census records available for the last name Low. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Low census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 60,000 immigration records available for the last name Low. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 46,000 military records available for the last name Low. For the veterans among your Low ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Low Life Expectancy

What is the average Low lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Low life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Low in 1943 was 32, and 77 in 2004.

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