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Origins of the Rowley surname

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About the Rowleys

We have a total number of 95972 records for people with the last name Rowley.

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Alternative variations of the name Rowley

Rowley, Rawley, Rowlie, Rowlay, Rowleys

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Where do most Rowleys live?

In 1921, most Rowleys lived in West Midlands.

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Interesting facts about Rowleys

How common is your surname?

516th most common surname in the UK

We have 85,000 records for the Rowley surname. The oldest one dates back to 1486.

Who were Rowleys most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Rowley first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Rowleys

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

Common Female occupations for Rowleys in 1921


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




General Servant


Common Male occupations for Rowleys in 1921
Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner Hewer


Farm Labourer


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