Roe Name Meaning

English: nickname for a timid person, from Middle English ro ‘roe’; this is a midland and southern form of Ray 2. Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads named Roe or Røe, from Old Norse ruð ‘clearing’. English name adopted by bearers of French Baillargeon. Korean: variant of No.

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

Similar surnames: Rode, Rowe, Rod, Ree, Rye, Rose, Doe, Rue, Roh, Loe

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Roe Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Roe name?

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

Explore the full experience here
  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Roe Family Origin

Where is the Roe family from?

Roe Family Occupations

What did your Roe ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Roe family was Coal Miner. The most common Roe occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Roe's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Roe.

View Census data for Roe | Data not to scale

  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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

Roe Historical Records

What Roe family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 254,000 census records available for the last name Roe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roe census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Roe

Passenger List

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Roe. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Roe immigration records

Draft Card

There are 39,000 military records available for the last name Roe. For the veterans among your Roe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Roe military records

You've only scratched the surface of Roe family history.

Roe Life Expectancy

What is the average Roe lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Roe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1940. The average life expectancy for Roe in 1940 was 77, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Roe

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Roe 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.

Famous Roe Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name