O rowan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the O rowan family

The surname O rowan was first found in East Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they were a sept of the Ui Maine. The name is derived from the Irish and Gaelic Ruadhan (dh mute)-ruadh, which means red or red-haired. [1]

The progenitor of the O rowan family is Felix O'Ruadháin, Archbishop of Tuam, an Irish prelate at the Lateran Council in Rome in 1215. [2]

Early History of the O rowan family

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O rowan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Roan, Rohan, Roohan, Ruane, Ruane, O Rouine, Rogan, O Rogan, Rowan and many more.

Early Notables of the O rowan family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the O rowan family to Ireland

Some of the O rowan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the O rowan family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Margaret Rown of Mountrath, Ireland, arrived at New York on June 1, 1816, aboard the Brig "Wilson"; James Rowan of Belfast, who arrived at Philadelphia on June 14 1816 aboard the Ship ".



The O rowan Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cresco per crucem
Motto Translation: I increase by the cross


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)


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