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Rowell Surname Meaning

English:: habitational name principally from Rothwell (Yorkshire) but Rothwell in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire also gave rise to surnames. The placenames derive from Old English roth ‘clearing’ + wella ‘well spring stream’. habitational name from Rowell in Chudleigh (Devon) named with Old English rūh ‘rough’ + hyll ‘hill’. The name may have been confused with Roll . perhaps a habitational name from Roel (Gloucestershire) or Rowell (Westmorland). The Gloucestershire placename derives from Old English ‘roe roe buck’ + wella ‘well spring stream’ while the Westmorland placename probably derives from Old English rūh ‘rough’ + hol ‘hole hollow’. perhaps a variant of Roll ; see Rolfe .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Howell, Rodwell, Bowell, Cowell, Crowell, Trowell, Powell, Roswell

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Where is the Rowell family from?

You can see how Rowell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rowell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rowell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 568 Rowell families living in Durham. This was about 17% of all the recorded Rowell's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Rowell families in 1891.
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What did your Rowell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Rowell. 13% of Rowell men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Rowell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rowell were Agricultural Labourer and Domestic Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Agricultural Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Servant
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There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Rowell. For the veterans among your Rowell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rowell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Rowell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Rowell in 1945 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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