Rowley Family History

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Rowley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places, in Devon, County Durham, Staffordshire, and Yorkshire, so named from Old English ruh ‘rough’, ‘overgrown’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Cowley, Howley, Bowley, Oxley, Bromley, Risley, Bodley, Godley

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Rowley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rowley name?

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


  • Sweden


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Rowley Family Origin

Where is the Rowley family from?

Rowley Family Occupations

What did your Rowley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Rowley family was Farmer. Coal Miner, Labourer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rowley. The most common Rowley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 9% of Rowley's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer


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

Rowley Historical Records

What Rowley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 243,000 census records available for the last name Rowley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rowley 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Rowley. 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.

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Draft Card

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Rowley. For the veterans among your Rowley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rowley Life Expectancy

What is the average Rowley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Rowley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rowley in 1943 was 67, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rowley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rowley 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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