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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

Rowan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Matthew Rowan, who landed in Cape Fear, North Carolina in 1739
  • John Rowan, who landed in North Carolina in 1747
  • Margaret Rowan 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
  • Mary Rowan, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Samuel Rowan, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • Maurice Rowan, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Andrew, Denis, Edmond, Henry, James, John, Patrick, Thomas, and William Rowan all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

Rowan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Rowan, aged 20, a labourer, 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 [1]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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851
  • Thomas Rowan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851
  • Margaret Rowan, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"

Rowan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Rowan, aged 25, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Patrick Rowan, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Bridget Rowan, aged 20, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Hugh Rowan, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Ruapehu" in 1887
  • Mary Rowan, aged 28, 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)
  • 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
  • Carl Thomas Rowan (1925-2000), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Finland, 1963-64
  • A. H. Rowan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1952
  • Caroline Rowan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008
  • James M. Rowan, American politician, Mayor of Camden, Arkansas, 1956
  • John Rowan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington and Clinton counties, 1789-91
  • John Rowan (1773-1843), American Democrat politician, Secretary of State of Kentucky, 1804-08; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 3rd District, 1807-09; Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1813-17, 1822-24
  • ... (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

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Fred Rowan, Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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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