The Rowbury surname is a habitational name, taken on from any of various places so named: for example, Rubery in Herefordshire
. The place names come from the Old English "ruh," meaning "rough," or "overgrown," and "beorg," or "hill."
Early Origins of the Rowbury family
The surname Rowbury 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 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. 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.
Early History of the Rowbury family
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Rowbury Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Roborough, Rowberry, Rowbrey, Robury, Rubery, Rubbery, Robbery, Robery, Ruberry, Rubra, Rowborrow, Rowbro and many more.
Early Notables of the Rowbury family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rowbury family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rowbury Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- George G. Rowbury, aged 27, who emigrated to San Francisco, California, America, in 1910
Contemporary Notables of the name Rowbury (post 1700)
- Shannon Rowbury (b. 1984), American two-time bronze medalist middle distance runner