Lowell \lo-well, lowe-ll\ as a boy's name is pronounced LOW-el. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Lowell is "young wolf". Mostly 19th-century use. Lovell (lo-VELL) is a earlier form of Lowell. There were poets, academics, and textile magnates from the Lowell family of Massachusetts. Lowell, Massachusetts, was named for an early 19th-century member of the family. Poet Robert Lowell.