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Multiple Origins for the Surname Rowan


English


The illustrious surname Rowan is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Rowan is a place-name from in Rouen, the capital of Normandy. The surname was derived from the Viscountcy of Rohan, in Brittany, in France. As a local name, it could also have been derived from the local at the rowan which referred to a residence beside a rowan-tree. Habitation names were derived from the name of the town, village or hamlet where the person originally lived.

Rowan Early Origins



The surname Rowan was first found in Durham 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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Rowan Spelling Variations


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Rowan Spelling Variations



Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Roan, Rohan, Roohan, Rome, Rowan and others.

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Rowan Early History


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Rowan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rowan research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 169 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Rowan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rowan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rowan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rowan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rowan In Ireland


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Rowan In Ireland



Some of the Rowan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 211 words (15 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



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Rowan, or a variant listed above:

Rowan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margaret Rowan, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Rowan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Matthew Rowan, who landed in Cape Fear, North Carolina in 1739 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Rowan, who landed in North Carolina in 1747 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Margaret Rowan, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767 with her husband Robert

Rowan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Rowan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Mary Rowan, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Samuel Rowan, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Maurice Rowan, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Andrew, Denis, Edmond, Henry, James, John, Patrick, Thomas, and William Rowan all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

Rowan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Rowan, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland

Rowan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Rowan, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Anne Rowan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONDOR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Condor.htm
  • Thomas Rowan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONDOR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Condor.htm
  • Margaret Rowan, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.

Rowan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Rowan, aged 25, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Patrick Rowan, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Bridget Rowan, aged 20, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Hugh Rowan, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Ruapehu" in 1887
  • Mary Rowan, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Ruapehu" in 1887
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rowan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rowan (post 1700)



  • Henry Rowan (1923-2015), American philanthropist and engineer, eponym of Rowan University, New Jersey
  • Brigadier-General Hugh Williamson Rowan (1894-1973), American Chemical Officer US European Theater of Operations (1942-1945) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Hugh Rowan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Rowan/Hugh_Williamson/USA.html
  • Matthew Rowan (d. 1760), American politician, acting Colonial Governor of North Carolina from 1753 to 1754
  • Louis R. Rowan (1911-1988), American businessman and Thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder
  • Daniel Hale "Dan" Rowan (1922-1987), American Primetime Emmy Award winning comedian, best known for his work on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
  • Stephen Clegg Rowan (1805-1890), Irish-born, American admiral in the United States Navy who served during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War, eponym of the USS Rowan, a torpedo boat, USS Rowan (DD-782), and the USS Rowan (DD-405), destroyers
  • Carl T Rowan (b. 1925), American journalist and author, U.S. ambassador to Finland (1963-1964)
  • Andrew Summers Rowan (1857-1943), American Army officer who served as the liaison between the United States and Cuban rebels led by General Calixto García during the Spanish American War [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Andrew Rowan. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Andrew Rowan. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Summers_Rowan
  • Peter Rowan (b. 1942), American bluegrass, country musician
  • Carl Thomas Rowan (1925-2000), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Finland, 1963-64 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 31 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Rowan Historic Events


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Rowan Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Henry Rowan, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Fred Rowan, Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONDOR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Condor.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Hugh Rowan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Rowan/Hugh_Williamson/USA.html
  6. ^ Andrew Rowan. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Andrew Rowan. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Summers_Rowan
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Rowan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rowan 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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