Rowan Family History

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Rowan Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruadháin (see Ruane). In Scotland, this name is sometimes Anglicized as Roland, while in Ireland it is often Rooney.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Rohan, Gowan, Ronan, Rogan, Roland, Logan, Roan, Bowen, Toran, Bowlan

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Rowan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rowan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rowan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Rowan Family Origin

Where is the Rowan family from?

Rowan Family Occupations

What did your Rowan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rowan. The most common Rowan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Rowan's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Rowan family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Rowan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Rowan Historical Records

What Rowan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 101,000 census records available for the last name Rowan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rowan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Rowan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Rowan. For the veterans among your Rowan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rowan Life Expectancy

What is the average Rowan lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Rowan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rowan in 1943 was 25, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rowan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rowan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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