The proud Norman name of Wroy was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
Further to the north in Scotland
, the name has a different meaning, specifically "row, signifies a low, small, narrow peninsula." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Wroy family
The surname Wroy was first found in Norfolk
where Turchil le Roux was granted lands by King William after his attendance upon him at Hastings. His son Ralph the Red (Roux) went with King Henry to the Crusades and held the Castle of Pont-echanfre near Bernai in Vexin Normandy
. He died in the wreck of the "Blanche Neuf" with the King's two sons and their estates became divided. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Wroy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wroy research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1368, 1426, 1441, 1477, 1581, 1747, 1581, 1644, 1559, 1592, 1661, 1592, 1607, 1674, 1718, 1715, 1626, 1677, 1654, 1657, 1705, 1640, 1719, 1674, 1737, 1641, 1717 and are included under the topic Early Wroy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wroy Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wroy have been found, including Rowe, Roe, Row and others.
Early Notables of the Wroy family (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 Wroy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wroy family to Ireland
Some of the Wroy family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 131 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 Wroy family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Wroy were among those contributors: 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.
The Wroy 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.