Rowbottom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Rowbottom surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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. Rowbottom 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.

Early Origins of the Rowbottom family

The surname Rowbottom 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.

Early History of the Rowbottom family

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Rowbottom Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rowbottom include Robottom, Roebottom, Rowbottom, Rowebottom, Robotham, Roebotham, Rowbotham, Rowebotham, Rowbarton, Roebarton, Rowebarton, Rowbothan, Roebothan, Rowbottam, Rowebottam and many more.

Early Notables of the Rowbottom family (pre 1700)

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United States Rowbottom migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Rowbottom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmond Rowbottom, who landed in Maryland in 1662 [1]
Rowbottom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Rowbottom, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842 [1]
  • George Rowbottom, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Bristol, George, Harrison, Henry, James, John, Joseph, and several William Rowbottoms, who arrived in Pennsylvania between 1634 and 1870

Australia Rowbottom migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rowbottom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joshua Rowbottom, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Samuel Rowbottom, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

New Zealand Rowbottom migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rowbottom Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Rowbottom, aged 20, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Rowbottom, aged 20, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Rowbottom (post 1700) +

  • Harry Emerson Rowbottom (1884-1934), U.S. Congressional Representative from Indiana
  • Harry Emerson Rowbottom (1884-1934), American Republican politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1919-24; U.S. Representative from Indiana 1st District, 1925-31; Defeated, 1930 [3]
  • Robert Rowbottom (b. 1952), British professional footballer
  • Jo Rowbottom (b. 1942), British character actress
  • Frederick Rowbottom (1938-2009), British logician and mathematician who developed the Rowbottom cardinals

  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 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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