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The name Roe comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a person with red hair. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old French nickname le rous, meaning redhead.

Roe Early Origins



The surname Roe was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Roe Spelling Variations


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Roe Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Rowe, Roe, Row and others.

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Roe Early History


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Roe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roe research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1581, 1644, 1559, 1592, 1661, 1592, 1607, 1674, 1718, 1715, 1626, 1677, 1654, 1657, 1705, 1640, 1719, 1674, 1737, 1641 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Roe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Roe ( c. 1581-1644), an English diplomat, chancellor of the Order of the Garter; Sir Thomas Rowe, Lord Mayor of London in 1559; Owen Rowe, (c. 1592-1661), English haberdasher in London, one of the regicides of King Charles I; Sir William Rowe...

Another 100 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roe In Ireland


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Roe In Ireland



Some of the Roe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Roe or a variant listed above were:

Roe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Roe, aged 19, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Tho Roe, aged 22, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Hugh Roe, who arrived in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1642
  • Isabella Roe, who landed in Maryland in 1653-1658
  • Anne Roe, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Giles Roe, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Hans Jacob Roe, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Tieman Roe, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Stephen Roe, who arrived in South Carolina in 1737

Roe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jason Roe, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Mary Roe, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Anne Roe settled with her husband and seven children arrived in New York in 1823
  • James Roe, who arrived in America in 1826
  • John Roe, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Roe, who landed in Alabama in 1924
  • Elizabeth Mary Roe, who landed in Alabama in 1927

Roe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Roe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • Jane Roe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849
  • Margaret Roe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849
  • Eliza Roe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849
  • J. Roe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Louisa Baillie" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Roe, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Amelia Roe, aged 37, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Emily Roe, aged 14, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • H. M. Roe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William" in 1853
  • Henry Roe, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roe (post 1700)



  • William H. Roe, American Republican politician, Mayor of Kearney, Nebraska, 1903
  • William B. Roe (1856-1932), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Brookfield, 1901-02
  • Wellington Roe, American politician, Representative from New York 11th District, 1940; American Labor Candidate for New York State Senate 24th District, 1942
  • William Roe, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2008, 2012
  • W. G. Roe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1916; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 7th District, 1922, 1932
  • Thomas R. Roe, American Republican politician, Candidate for Oregon State Senate 9th District, 1964
  • Theodore M. Roe, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Sussex County, 1901
  • Robert A. Roe (b. 1924), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New Jersey 8th District, 1969-93; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1988
  • Robert A. Roe, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Passaic County, 1913
  • Richard L. Roe, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 51st District, 1992
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Roe Historic Events


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Roe Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Donovan C Roe (b. 1892), English Commander (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Bideford, Devonshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Roe


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Suggested Readings for the name Roe



  • Some Descendants of Hugh Roe, an Immigrant to the Massachusetts Bay Colony from England, ca 1642 by Frank Chapmna Roe.
  • A Supplement of Roe/Rowe Additions and Correction to the 1972 Record of Some Descendants of Hugh Roe by Frank Chapman Roe.

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Motto


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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: Innocens non timidus
Motto Translation: Innocent but not fearful.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    11. ...

    The Roe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roe 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 December 2015 at 09:51.

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