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The present generation of the Rowbotham family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Lancashire where this local surname was derived from the local at the roe-bottom a residence in the depressed ground frequented by deer. Rowbotham is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.


The surname Rowbotham was first found in Lancashire from very ancient times and were Lords of the Manor of Rowbottom near Ashton-under-Lyne in that shire. Some say they held a family seat there prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Rowbotham include Robottom, Roebottom, Rowbottom, Rowebottom, Robotham, Roebotham, Rowbotham, Rowebotham, Rowbarton, Roebarton, Rowebarton, Rowbothan, Roebothan, Rowbottam, Rowebottam and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rowbotham research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1560, and 1710 are included under the topic Early Rowbotham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Rowbotham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Rowbotham were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George Robotham who settled in Jamaica in 1762; William Robotham arrived in New York in 1679; Anne Robotham arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683; William Henry Robothan arrived in Pennsylvania in 1881.


  • Samuel Rowbotham (1816-1884), English inventor and writer
  • Joseph Rowbotham (1831-1899), English cricketer
  • Stanley Rowbotham (1890-1979), British anaesthetist
  • Sheila Rowbotham (b. 1943), British socialist feminist theorist
  • Mike Rowbotham (b. 1989), Canadian amateur wrestler and professional mixed martial arts fighter
  • Jason Rowbotham (b. 1969), Welsh footballer
  • David Rowbotham (b. 1924), Australian poet and journalist

Rowbotham Historic Events

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Harold E. Rowbotham, English Second Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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    Other References

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    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Rowbotham Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Rowbotham 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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