There are several possible explanations for the origin of the English surname ROWE. On the one hand, it may be of local origin, being derived from a place where a man once lived or where he once held land. I this case, it is derived from the Old English word "raw" which means "row". Thus, the original bearer was one who lived in a row of houses or in a street. Alternatively it may have signified one who dwelt near a hedgerow.

ROWE FAMILY COAT OF ARMSThe name may also be of nickname origin, based on a personal or physical characteristic of the original bearer. In this instance, it would have evolved from the Old English term "ruh" which means "rough". Thus, the original bearer of this surname may have had many rough traits!

Finally, the name might be of patronymic origin, being one of those surnames that is based on the first name of the father. In this case it is derived from "son of Rowland".

Rowe is a variant of this surname and both names are common in the north of England and Scotland. A list of mayors of Macclesfield between 1368 and 1746 shows that six bearers of this name held this office.

Notable bearers of the surname include Nicholas Rowe (1674-1718) the English poet and dramatist who was Poet Laureate in 1715.

Three paschal lambs. The paschal lamb is the emblem of Faith and is the symbol of Christ, the founder of the Christian Church. It may also represent one who undertakes a war in defence of his faith.

"Innocens Non Timidus" Translated means "Innocence is not afraid"



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