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Rowan Coat of Arms / Rowan Family Crest

Rowan Coat of Arms / Rowan Family Crest

The Irish surname of ROWAN is a synonym of Ruane or Rohan. They descend from the O'Ruadhain sept which was located in the barony of Clonmacnowen, County Galway. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Mount Davys, Ballymena, County Antrim. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. The most famous ROWANS were Archibald Hamilton ROWAN (1751-1834) the United Irishman, and his relative Sir William ROWAN Hamilton (1805-1855), the astronomer and mathematician. A notable member of the Tralee, County Kerry Family was Ven. Arthur Blennerhasset ROWAN (1800-1861) antiquary and genealogist; while from Antrim came two officers who distinguished themselves in the Napoleonice wars. ROWAN is found indigenous in England being an abbreviated form of the better known Rowantree or Rowntree. Early instances of the name in England include William ROWENTREE, 1273, County Yorkshire and Thomas ROUNTREE of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Local names find their origins in the villages, towns and areas where people were born, or from the land they owned. In the Middle Ages, a man was identified by his place of birth and almost every city, town and village existing in medieval times has originated one or more family names. Anyone leaving his birthplace would be known to new friends and neighbours by the name of his former residence, his birthplace, or the land he owned. Later instances of the name include a certain John RANTREE who was documented in London in the year 1683. John Sweeting and Jean RONTREE were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1809. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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