Rowe Family History

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Rowe Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by a hedgerow or in a row of houses built next to one another, from Middle English row (northern Middle English raw, from Old English raw). from the medieval personal name Row, a variant of Rou(l) (see Rollo, Rolf) or a short form of Rowland. English name adopted by bearers of French Baillargeon.

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

Similar surnames: Rose, Rode, Howe, Roe, Rock, Bow, Rohe, Roche, Rowen, Roch

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Rowe Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rowe name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rowe. 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


  • Norway


  • France


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Rowe Family Origin

Where is the Rowe family from?

Rowe Family Occupations

What did your Rowe ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rowe. The most common Rowe occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Rowe's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Rowe family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Rowe Historical Records

What Rowe family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 655,000 census records available for the last name Rowe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rowe 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 71,000 immigration records available for the last name Rowe. 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 86,000 military records available for the last name Rowe. For the veterans among your Rowe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rowe Life Expectancy

What is the average Rowe lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Rowe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Rowe in 1941 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rowe 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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