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The illustrious surname Rowen is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Rowen is a place-name from in Rouen, the capital of Normandy. The surname was derived from the Viscountcy of Rohan, in Brittany, in France. As a local name, it could also have been derived from the local at the rowan which referred to a residence beside a rowan-tree. Habitation names were derived from the name of the town, village or hamlet where the person originally lived.

Rowen Early Origins



The surname Rowen was first found in Durham 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.

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Rowen Spelling Variations


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Rowen Spelling Variations



Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Roan, Rohan, Roohan, Rome, Rowan and others.

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Rowen Early History


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Rowen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rowen research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 169 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Rowen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rowen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rowen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rowen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rowen In Ireland


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Rowen In Ireland



Some of the Rowen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 211 words (15 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



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Rowen, or a variant listed above:

Rowen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Rowen, who arrived in Virginia in 1621
  • Peter Rowen, who landed in Virginia in 1663

Rowen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • L Rowen, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Martin Rowen, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Rowen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Rowen, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
  • Peter Rowen, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
  • Timothy Rowen, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rowen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rowen (post 1700)



  • Henry S. Rowen (1925-2015), American national security expert, economist, and academician, president of RAND Corporation (1967-1972), Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1989-1991)
  • W. Edward Rowen (1857-1892), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1882-1884
  • Victor Rowen (1919-2013), American college football player and coach
  • Herbert Harvey Rowen (1916-1999), American historian of Early Modern Europe
  • Keith Rowen (b. 1952), American football coach, former offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals
  • Paul John Rowen (b. 1955), British Liberal Democrat politician, Member of Parliament for Rochdale (2005 to 2010)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 18 November 2015 at 09:32.

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