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Rowley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Irish


Early Origins of the Rowley family


The surname Rowley was first found in Cheshire where the family claim to be of Saxon blood but the earliest record of the name was in the time of Edward II., when Randolph de Rowley was seated at Carmichan. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

The name could have been Norman in origin too. "Roulat is now rather rare in France; but Roulet (and Roullet) and Roulot are fairly common." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print

There are also parishes named Rowley in Yorkshire and Staffordshire. The Assize Rolls of Yorkshire list Adam de Ruelay in 1219 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
and the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Adam de Roulay in Yorkshire. There was a significant branch in Somerset as seen by Gervase Rolegh and John Roley who were listed there during the reign of Edward I. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls lists Johannes de Rouley in 1379. [4]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)


Early History of the Rowley family


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Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1710, 1775, 1648, 1513, 1571, 1547, 1559, 1560, 1690, 1768, 1585, 1626 and are included under the topic Early Rowley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rowley Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Rowley, Rowly and others.

Early Notables of the Rowley family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include Sir Ralph Rowlett (c. 1513-1571), of Holywell House, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Hertfordshire in 1547, High Sheriff of Essex and Hertfordshire (1559-1560); Samuel Rowley, a...
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Migration of the Rowley family to Ireland


Some of the Rowley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Rowley family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rowley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Rowley, who landed in New England in 1634 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Christopher Rowley, who landed in Maryland in 1656 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Rowley, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Joseph and John Rowley, who settled in Barbados in 1686

Rowley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Rowley, who arrived in America in 1801 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Ann Rowley, aged 30, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1812 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Rowley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1833 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Nelson B Rowley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • David, George, Henry, Samuel, Thomas, and William Rowley all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

Rowley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Rowley, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]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
  • John Rowley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Charlotte Rowley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • George Tattle Rowley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Eliza Rowley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rowley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Rowley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Timothy Rowley, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Catherine Rowley, aged 27, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • John Thomas Rowley, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • John C. Rowley, aged 27, a plumber, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rowley (post 1700)


  • Jeremy Rowley, American character actor and comedian
  • Christopher Rowley (b. 1948), American Compton Crook Award winning writer of science fiction and fantasy
  • Janet Davison Rowley (1925-2013), American human geneticist, the first scientist to identify a chromosomal translocation as the cause of leukemia, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009
  • Cynthia Rowley (b. 1958), American fashion designer
  • James Jose Rowley (1908-1992), American administrator, director of the U.S. Secret Service (1961-1973)
  • William Spencer "Bill" Rowley (1865-1939), English football goalkeeper
  • Beth Rowley (b. 1981), English singer-songwriter
  • Geoffrey Joseph Rowley Jr. (b. 1976), English professional skateboarder, co-owner of Flip Skateboards
  • Paul Rowley (b. 1975), English retired rugby league footballer
  • Hugh Campbell Rowley (1854-1882), English rugby union international who represented England from 1879 to 1882
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Rowley


  • The Shepard Genealogy by Lowell Shepard Blaisdell.
  • One Branch of the Tree: Rowley 1630-1986 by Ralph Duane Rowley.

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Citations


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm

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