Family name origins & meanings
- German (Löwe) : 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 habitational name, from a house distinguished by the sign of a lion. The surname in the sense ‘lion’ is also found in Dutch, Swedish, and Danish.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic; Löwe) : ornamental name from German Löwe ‘lion’. Compare Lowe.
- Jewish (western Ashkenazic) : variant of Levy.