name Rowton comes from when the family resided in Roydon, places found in Essex
. The place-name Roydon is derived from the Old English elements rygen,
which means rye, and dun,
which means hill. The place-name as a whole translates as "hill where rye is grown." Roydon in Essex
was recorded in the Domesday Book
as Ruindune; Roydon in Norfolk
was recorded in that document as Regadona. The Domesday Book
was a survey of England
ordered by King WIlliam the Conqueror, the first Norman King of England
, in 1086. It was used to reassess the Danegeld (the tax system in place at the time) and as a reference for the settlement of property disputes.
Early Origins of the Rowton family
The surname Rowton was first found in Suffolk
but other branches of the family were located elsewhere. By example, Rowton is a small village located seven miles north of Wellington, Shropshire
. It dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was recorded as Rugheton. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The Battle of Rowton Heath was fought between the forces of the parliament and those of King Charles on 24 September 1645 during the English Civil War.
"On Rowton Heath was fought the important battle between the forces of the parliament and those of King Charles, which proved so fatal to the brave Earl of Lichfield, and so disastrous to his royal master; here, also, the Cheshire gentry assembled and declared for a free parliament, on the attempt of Sir George Booth to restore Charles II., in 1659." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Rowton Castle is a Grade II listed country house near Shrewsbury in Shropshire. The present castle was built in the 17th century, although a previous castle named Rowton Castle had stood on the site for several hundred years previously. As of 1986, it has been a luxury hotel.
Early History of the Rowton family
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Rowton Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rowton include Royden, Roydon, Rowton, Rowden and others.
Early Notables of the Rowton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rowton family to Ireland
Some of the Rowton family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rowton family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Rowton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Rich Rowton, aged 36, who arrived in America in 1635 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Rowton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alfred Rowton, aged 10, who landed in America from Llandudno, Wales, in 1907
- Clare Rowton, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Llandudno, Wales, in 1907
- James Rowton, aged 25, who landed in America from Llandudno, Wales, in 1907
- Leda Rowton, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Maidenhead, England, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Rowton (post 1700)
- Jan Rowton, American costume designer, known for his work on Night of the Demons (1988), After Midnight (1989) and Demon Wind (1990)