Where did the English Rowe family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Rowe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The name Rowe comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was 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."
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.
First found in Norfolk where they were seated 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.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. 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 Atlantic. 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 Rowe 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.
Motto Translated: Innocent but not fearful.
Suggested Readings for the name Rowe
* The Marriage of Catherine & David: a History of Southwestern Pennsylvania Families by LaVonne R. Hanlon.
* The Families of Johann Martin Rau and Johann Conrad Bohne by Nancy Ann Dietrich.
Some noteworthy people of the name Rowe
* Misty Rowe (b. 1952), American actress
* Thomas Rowe, American Professor of pharmacology at the University of Florida.
* Thomas Rowe (1829-1899), Australian (English born) architect
* Eric Rowe, British Diplomat
* Henry Rowe (1810-1870), Gothic architect
* William Earl Rowe (1894-1984), Canadian politician, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1963 to 1968
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