Rowntray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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. 
Early Origins of the Rowntray family
The surname Rowntray was first found in Yorkshire where some of the earliest records of the name include: William Rowentree, Yorkshire who was listed in the Deposition from York Castle; and Ralph Roentree, Yorkshire who was listed in the Remains of Dean Granville.  Robert Rountre was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire in 1301. 
The famous English confectionery business Rowntree's is based in York and was founded in 1862 by Henry Isaac Rowntree (1837-1883.)
Early History of the Rowntray family
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Rowntray Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Rowntree, Rountree, Rowantree and others.
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, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 121 words (9 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 Rowntray family
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.
Related Stories +
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)