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Rowell Name Meaning

habitational name, a variant of Rothwell (representing the local pronunciation of the place in Northamptonshire). habitational name from a place in Devon, so named from Old English ruh ‘rough’, ‘overgrown’ + hyll ‘hill’. from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Rowe 2.

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


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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 77 Rowell families living in New Hampshire. This was about 26% of all the recorded Rowell's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Rowell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rowell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rowell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rowell. 21% of Rowell men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Rowell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rowell were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

There are 114,000 census records available for the last name Rowell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rowell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Rowell. 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 Cards

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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