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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016
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The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought many new words to England
from which surnames were formed. Rowe was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a person with red hair.
Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old French nickname le rous,
The surname Rowe was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Rowe, Roe, Row and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rowe research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1581, 1644, 1559, 1592, 1661, 1592, 1607, 1674, 1718, 1715, 1626, 1677, 1654, 1657, 1705, 1640, 1719, 1674, 1737, 1641 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Rowe History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 285 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rowe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Rowe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rowe or a variant listed above:
Rowe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Rowe, who landed in Virginia in 1620
- Mary Rowe and her husband settled in Virginia in 1624
- Henry Rowe settled in Boston in 1630
- Nicholas Rowe, who landed in Portsmouth, NH in 1640
- Matthew Rowe, who arrived in New Haven, Conn in 1650
Rowe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jacob Rowe, who arrived in Virginia in 1758
Rowe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Frederick Rowe, who arrived in Maryland in 1804
- Peter Rowe, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
- Robert Rowe, aged 32, landed in New York in 1812
- Pierce Rowe settled in Charleston in 1820
- George Rowe, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834
Rowe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Sgt. John Rowe U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butlers Rangers
Rowe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary Rowe, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Perceval" from Plymouth
Rowe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Buttress Rowe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australain" in 1837
- Jane Rowe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australain" in 1837
- James Rowe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australain" in 1837
- Sophia Rowe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australain" in 1837
- John Rowe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
Rowe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Rowe, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
- Frances Rowe, aged 38, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
- Anthony Rowe, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
- Matthias Rowe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
- H. Rowe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
- Zebulon Rowe, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Presque Isle, Maine, 1857-59
- Winthrope Price Rowe (1929-2011), American Democrat politician, University professor; Chair of Ingham County Democratic Party, 1972
- William H. Rowe, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Cumberland County, 1919-20
- William H. Rowe, American politician, Delegate to North Dakota State Constitutional Convention from Dickey County, 1889
- William G. Rowe, American politician, Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, 1881-85
- William Rowe, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960
- Willette L. Rowe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2000
- W. H. Rowe, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1896
- Thompson T. Rowe, American politician, Mayor of Billings, Montana, 1949-53
- Thomas Rowe (b. 1848), American Democrat politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Lemington, 1888
- The Marriage of Catherine & David: a History of Southwestern Pennsylvania Families by LaVonne R. Hanlon.
- The Families of Johann Martin Rau and Johann Conrad Bohne by Nancy Ann Dietrich.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto. Motto:
Innocens non timidusMotto Translation:
Innocent but not fearful.
- Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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- 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.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
The Rowe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rowe 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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