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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Rowell is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Rothwell, a place-name found in the counties of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The place-name Rothwell is derived from the Old English words roth, which means forest clearing, and wella, which means spring or stream. The place-name as a whole translates as "spring or stream in the summer clearing." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
In the Domesday Book, [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
compiled in 1086, each of those places was originally listed as Rodewelle.

Rowell Early Origins



The surname Rowell was first found in Lincolnshire where one of the first listings of the family was Robert de Rothewelle who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Later in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls, Johanna de Rothewell and Johannes de Rothewell were listed. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Rowell Spelling Variations


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Rowell Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Rowell has been spelled many different ways, including Rothwell, Rathwell, Rosswell, Rosewell and others.

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Rowell Early History


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Rowell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rowell research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1627 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Rowell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rowell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rowell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Richard Rothwell, the exorcist, who was born at Bolton (now in Greater Manchester) in 1563. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
He died in 1627 and was "known as "Bold Rothwell, the Apostle of the North," and famed as an exorcist, who professed to have wonderful contests...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rowell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rowell In Ireland


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Rowell In Ireland



Some of the Rowell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words (8 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


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Rowells to arrive in North America:

Rowell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Rowell, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1649
  • John Rowell, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • William Rowell, who landed in Maryland in 1666

Rowell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Rowell, who landed in Virginia in 1727

Rowell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Rowell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Joseph Rowell, who landed in Illinois in 1861

Rowell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Rowell, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • Ann Rowell, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  • Joseph Rowell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
  • John Rowell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sibella" in 1850
  • John Rowell, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rowell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rowell (post 1700)



  • Lt. Colonel Milo Rowell (1903-1977), American lawyer and Army officer best known for his role in drafting the Constitution of Japan
  • John Samuel Rowell (1825-1907), American pioneer inventor and manufacturer of farm machinery from Wisconsin
  • Galen Rowell (1940-2002), noted American wilderness photographer and climber
  • Jack Rowell (b. 1937), English Director of Rugby at Bath Rugby
  • Gary Rowell (b. 1957), English football commentator and former football player
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Sydney Fairbairn Rowell (1894-1975), Australian Chief of the General Staff from 1950 to 1954
  • Newton Rowell (1867-1941), Canadian lawyer, politician, and leading lay figure in the Methodist church

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Rowell Historic Events


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Rowell Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Thomas Reuben Rowell, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  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. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  11. ...

The Rowell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rowell 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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