The Rowntray surname comes from the Middle English word "rown" and the Old English word "tree;" meaning together, a "rowan tree." Thus the first to bear the name likely lived near such a tree. 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 Origins of the Rowntray family
The surname Rowntray was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Rowntray family
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Rowntray Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Rowntray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rowntray family to Ireland
Some of the Rowntray family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rowntray family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Rowntree, who settled in South Carolina in 1674; Elizabeth Roundtree, who arrived in Virginia in 1686; James R. Rowntree, who came to Philadelphia in 1798.