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Rowland Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English and Old French personal name Rollant Rolant Rolent Roulent (ancient Germanic Hrodland Rodland from hrōd ‘glory’ + land ‘land’) introduced into England by the Normans. It was made famous by French romances about Roland the most famous of the peers of Charlemagne who was killed at Roncesvalles in AD 778. Although widely used across post-Conquest England (along with Oliver the name of Roland's companion) it seems to have been restricted to particular gentry families and was never popular. Compare Roland . English: habitational name from Rowland (Derbyshire) or Rowland Wood in Slinfold (Sussex). The Derbyshire placename derives from Old Norse ‘roe roe buck’ or ‘land mark boundary’ + lúndr ‘small wood grove’. The Sussex placename probably derives from Middle English roughe ‘rough’ + lond ‘land’ (Old English rūh land). English: in northern England and perhaps elsewhere perhaps a post-medieval variant of Rawling . Compare Rawlinson Rollinson . English: perhaps also a variant of Rolling 2 with -land substituted for -ling. Altered form of German Roland .

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


Similar surnames: Roland, Dowland, Holland, Boyland, Boland, Hoyland, Ryland, Rohland

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Where is the Rowland family from?

You can see how Rowland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rowland family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rowland families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 116 Rowland families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Rowland's in USA. New York had the highest population of Rowland families in 1840.
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What did your Rowland ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rowland. 18% of Rowland men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Rowland women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rowland were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%
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There are 44,000 military records available for the last name Rowland. For the veterans among your Rowland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rowland lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Rowland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Rowland in 1943 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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