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Origins of the Rowe surname

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What does the name Rowe mean?

The Rowe surname is English, with both Middle English and Anglo-Norman roots. It is supposed by some to derive from the English 'rowe' and refer to someone who lived by a hedgerow. It can also be a patronymic and relate to those who are the descendants of people with the Norman name 'Rowland' or 'Roland', of which 'Rowe' is a diminutive version.

Alternative variations of the name Rowe

Rowe, Row, Roe, Ro, Rowr

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Where do most Rowes live?

In 1921, most Rowes lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Rowes

How common is your surname?

222nd most common surname in the UK

We have 175,000 records for the Rowe surname. The oldest one dates back to 1539.

Who were Rowes most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Williamses

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What are the most common Rowe first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Rowes

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Rowes in 1921
Dressmaker

912

General Servant Domestic

457

Domestic Servant

405

Laundress

398

Charwoman

315

Common Male occupations for Rowes in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

690

General Labourer

644

Farmer

636

Carpenter

570

Farm Labourer

527

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