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The Rowden surname is a habitational name, taken on from a place name in West Yorkshire. The place name comes from the Old Norse "raur" meaning "red," and "du-n," or "hill." Other records show the name translated as a dweller in the rough valley. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Today, Rawdon is a village in the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

Rowden Early Origins



The surname Rowden was first found in West Riding of Yorkshire where the village of Rawdon dates back to before the Domesday Book where it was listed as Roudun and was held be Robert de Bruis. [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)
Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Rawdon. The name was derived from the Old Norse word rauthr + the Old English word dun and meant "red hill." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"Rawdon, in the parish of Guiseley in this county, is the original seat of this ancient family, which is traced to Thor de Rawdon, whose son Serlo lived in the reign of Stephen." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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Rowden Spelling Variations


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Rowden Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Rawdon, Rawden, Rawdan, Rawdyn, Rawdin, Rowden, Rowdon and many more.

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Rowden Early History


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Rowden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rowden research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1582, 1668, 1604 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Rowden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rowden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rowden Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rowden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rowden In Ireland


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Rowden In Ireland



Some of the Rowden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 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



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Rowden name or one of its variants:

Rowden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Rowden, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Robert Rowden, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Robert Rowden settled in Virginia in 1657
  • Elizabeth Rowden, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683

Rowden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Rowden settled in Philadelphia in 1774

Rowden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S. Rowden, who came to Boston in 1823
  • Elizabeth Rowden, who arrived in Colorado in 1875

Rowden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harry Rowden, who came to Illinois in 1915

Rowden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Rowden, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breakwater" from Plymouth, England
  • Ann Rowden, who arrived in Ontario in 1871
  • Richard Rowden, who came to Ontario in 1871

Rowden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Rowden, aged 37, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rowden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rowden (post 1700)



  • William F. Rowden, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Northumberland; Elected 1938
  • Thad Rowden, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 2nd District, 1920
  • John C. Rowden (b. 1844), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Bay County 2nd District, 1891-92
  • Frank Rowden, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1904
  • Caleb Rowden, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives 44th District; Elected 2012
  • Mark Rowden (b. 1979), English-born, Australian visual artist
  • Diana Hope Rowden MBE (1915-1944), English Special Operations Executive (SOE) member working in occupied territories in WWII, was in a Nazi concentration camp and posthumously awarded the MBE and Croix de Guerre
  • Walter Courtney Rowden, British screenwriter and film director in the 1920s

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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)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Rowden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rowden 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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