Rowntree History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Rowntree 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Rowntree family

The surname Rowntree 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. [1] Robert Rountre was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire in 1301. [2]

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 Rowntree family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rowntree research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1659, 1683, 1809, 1376 and are included under the topic Early Rowntree History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rowntree Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rowntree, Rountree, Rowantree and others.

Early Notables of the Rowntree family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Rowntree Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Rowntree family to Ireland

Some of the Rowntree 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.

United States Rowntree migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rowntree Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Rowntree, who settled in South Carolina in 1674
Rowntree Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James R. Rowntree, who settled in Philadelphia in 1798

Contemporary Notables of the name Rowntree (post 1700) +

  • Arnold Stephenson Rowntree (1872-1951), English Quaker and politician, son of John Stephenson Rowntree
  • John Stephenson Rowntree (1834-1907), English Director of Rowntree's, the York confectionery company and a reformer of the Quaker movement
  • Dave Rowntree (b. 1964), English musician, best known as the drummer for the rock band Blur
  • Sir Norman Rowntree (1912-1991), English Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Manchester
  • Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree (1871-1954), English sociological researcher, social reformer and industrialist, son of Joseph Rowntree
  • Henry Issac Rowntree (1837-1883), English founder of the Rowntree Chocolate Company in York, England in 1862
  • Joseph Rowntree (1836-1925), English Quaker industrialist, member of the Rowntree English confectionery business
  • Richardson William Rowntree (1884-1968), English-born, New Zealand cricketer who played 33 first-class matches
  • Catr Iona Rowntree (b. 1971), Australian presenter for Australian Nine Network's Getaway program

HMS Hood
  • Mr. George W Rowntree (b. 1921), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from North Shields, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [3]

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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