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Origin and popularity of the name CLOW


Clow : 1: English (East Midlands and East Anglia): probably from Middle English cloue a false singular form of Middle English clouse ‘bar enclosure narrow pass’ later ‘mill dam sluice-gate floodgate’. See Clowes.2: English and Scottish (southern and central Scotland): variant of Clough 1.3: English (Devon): from an earlier form of modern Cornish cleath ‘dyke earthwork’ as found in the placename Clovelly (Devon) and most likely a habitational name referring to that place.4: English: possibly sometimes from Middle English clewe clowe ‘ball (of thread)’ or from the same word used in some topographic sense as seen in Clewlow (Cheshire).5: Americanized form of German Klau.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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