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The Rowbray surname is a habitational name, taken on from any of various places so named: for example, Rubery in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The place names come from the Old English "ruh," meaning "rough," or "overgrown," and "beorg," or "hill."

Rowbray Early Origins



The surname Rowbray was first found in Devon at Roborough, a village in the South Hams, that dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Raweberge and literally meant "rough hill," having been derived from the Old English ruh + beorg [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
At the time of the Domesday Book, Roborough, was held by a steward of the Bishop Coutances and was part of the Roborough hundred. It held enough land for 14 ploughs and had 3 borders with 8 ploughs. It also had 16 acres of meadow, 20 acres of pasture and 20 acres of woodland. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Roborough, Torridge is a small village in North Devon. Roborough Castle is an Iron Age enclosure or hill fort situated close to Lynton.

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Rowbray Spelling Variations


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Rowbray Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Roborough, Rowberry, Rowbrey, Robury, Rubery, Rubbery, Robbery, Robery, Ruberry, Rubra, Rowborrow, Rowbro and many more.

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Rowbray Early History


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Rowbray Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rowbray research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1327 and 1938 are included under the topic Early Rowbray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rowbray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rowbray Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rowbray Notables 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 settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Rowbray Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rowbray 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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