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Where did the English Rowell family come from? What is the English Rowell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rowell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rowell family history?Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Rowell is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Rothwell, a place-name found in the counties of Lincolnshire, Northants, and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name Rothwell is derived from the Old English words roth, which means forest clearing, and wella, which means spring or stream. The place-name as a whole translates as "spring or stream in the summer clearing. In the Domesday Book,  compiled in 1086, each of those places was rendered as Rodewelle.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Rowell has been spelled many different ways, including Rothwell, Rathwell, Rosswell, Rosewell and others.
First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rowell research. Another 272 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rowell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Rowell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Rowells to arrive in North America:
Rowell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Rowell Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Rowell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Rowell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rowell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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