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Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Wroe was recognized on the island as a name for a person with red hair. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old French nickname le rous, meaning redhead.

Wroe Early Origins



The surname Wroe was first found in Norfolk 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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Wroe Spelling Variations


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Wroe Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Rowe, Roe, Row and others.

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Wroe Early History


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Wroe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wroe research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1581, 1644, 1559, 1592, 1661, 1592, 1607, 1674, 1718, 1715, 1626, 1677, 1654, 1657, 1705, 1640, 1719, 1674, 1737, 1641 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Wroe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wroe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wroe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Roe ( c. 1581-1644), an English diplomat, chancellor of the Order of the Garter; Sir Thomas Rowe, Lord Mayor of London in 1559; Owen Rowe, (c. 1592-1661), English haberdasher in London, one of the regicides of King Charles I; Sir William Rowe...

Another 100 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wroe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wroe In Ireland


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Wroe In Ireland



Some of the Wroe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 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



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Wroe or a variant listed above: Nicholas Row, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Lawrence Row settled in Boston in 1679; Avis Row settled in Virginia in 1663; along with Walter; James Rowe settled in Boston in 1652.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wroe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wroe (post 1700)



  • William H. H. Wroe, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1872
  • John C. Wroe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952
  • James Wroe (1788-1844), English editor of the radical reformist newspaper the Manchester Observer
  • Nicholas "Nicky" Wroe (b. 1985), English footballer
  • John Wroe (1782-1863), British evangelist, founder of the Christian Israelite Church
  • Sean Wroe (b. 1985), Australian gold medalist sprinter at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

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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: Innocens non timidus
Motto Translation: Innocent but not fearful.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wroe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wroe 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 21 October 2015 at 10:52.

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