Rowell Family History
Rowell Name Meaning
English:: habitational name principally from Rothwell (Yorkshire) but Rothwell in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire also gave rise to surnames. The placenames derive from Old English roth ‘clearing’ + wella ‘well spring stream’. habitational name from Rowell in Chudleigh (Devon) named with Old English rūh ‘rough’ + hyll ‘hill’. The name may have been confused with Roll . perhaps a habitational name from Roel (Gloucestershire) or Rowell (Westmorland). The Gloucestershire placename derives from Old English rā ‘roe roe buck’ + wella ‘well spring stream’ while the Westmorland placename probably derives from Old English rūh ‘rough’ + hol ‘hole hollow’. perhaps a variant of Roll ; see Rolfe .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press