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The name Rowsell reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Rowsell family lived in Dorset. Their name, however, is a reference to Roussel, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Rowsell Early Origins



The surname Rowsell was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Rowsell Spelling Variations


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Rowsell Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Rowsell, Rowsel, Russell and others.

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Rowsell Early History


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Rowsell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rowsell research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1012, 1486, 1550, 1555, 1613, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Rowsell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rowsell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rowsell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Russell, (c.1486-1555), lord high steward and lord keeper of the privy seal under Henry VIII and Edward VI, created 1st...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rowsell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rowsell In Ireland


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Rowsell In Ireland



Some of the Rowsell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rowsell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Rowsell, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • George Rowsell, aged 19, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rowsell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rowsell (post 1700)



  • Peter "Spud" Rowsell, English yachtsman and boatbuilder based in Exmouth, Devon, England
  • Joanna Katie Rowsell Shand MBE (b. 1988), British twelve-time gold medalist cyclist and Olympic gold medalist
  • Harry Cecil Rowsell OC (1921-2006), Canadian veterinarian, pathologist, animal welfare advocate and humanist
  • Edmund Lionel Penning Rowsell (1913-2002), British journalist
  • Erick Rowsell (b. 1990), British road racing cyclist

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Rowsell Historic Events


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Rowsell Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leslie D Rowsell (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Bridport, Dorsertshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Graham H Rowsell (b. 1914), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Che sara sara
Motto Translation: What will be will be.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rowsell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rowsell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 26 April 2016 at 23:48.

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