Rowney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Rowney is O Ruanaidh.

Early Origins of the Rowney family

The surname Rowney was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren.

Early History of the Rowney family

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Rowney Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Rowney dating from that time include O'Rooney, Rooney, Roony, Roonay, Roney and others.

Early Notables of the Rowney family (pre 1700)

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United States Rowney migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Rowney:

Rowney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Rowney, who arrived in Maryland in 1637 [1]
Rowney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Rowney, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1701 [1]
Rowney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Rowney, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1868 [1]

Australia Rowney migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rowney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Rowney, English convict who was convicted in Coventry, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Thomas Rowney, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [3]
  • William Rowney, aged 19, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [3]
  • George Rowney, aged 17, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rowney (post 1700) +

  • Paul Rowney (b. 1970), Australian Olympic cyclist at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Chris Rowney (b. 1991), professional English footballer
  • Thomas and Richard Rowney (b. 1783), English founders of T. & R. Rowney, a perfume maker and wig supplier in 1783 which evolved to George Rowney, (Daler-Rowney) a UK supplier of art materials


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm


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