Scottish and English
Origins of Name:
The surname of Rowland is believed to be of an early medieval English origin, and may come from two sources. The first source is the Norman personal name, “Rolant” or “Rollant” which comes from the Germanic elements “hrod” which means renown, or to be renowned, and “land” which means land or territory. “Rolant” or “Rollant” was a popular personal name in the Middle Ages, due to the fame of one of Charlemagne’s warriors who had this name. Also in England, in Derbyshire and Sussex, the name is derived from an Old Norse phrase, “ra lundr.” “Ra” means roebuck, and “lundr” means wood or grove; thus this phrase literally translates to “wood of the Roebuck.” Thus, the surname of Rowland is deemed to be locational, meaning that the original people to have this surname moved from a roebuck grove to another area, often to seek out work, and they were best identified by the name of their birthplace. There are different variations of the surname Roland. The Irish spelling is O’Rothlian, the French and German spelling is Roland, while the English and Scottish spelling is Rowland.
More common variations are:
Rowlands, Roland, Rolandson, Rowlland, Rrowland, Roweland, Rowaland, Rowlannd, Raowland, Rowlande, Rowind, Rolan, Rowlandson, Rolance, Rollance, Rollons
The first recorded spelling of the surname Rowland is believed to be that of Simon Rolland, who was a witness in the “Assize Court Rolls of Lincolnshire” in 1218, during the reign of King Henry II, who was also called “The Frenchman” and ruled from the year 1216 to the year 1272. According to the Derbyshire Church Registers, Humfridus Rowland and Johana Hadfield were married on August 25, 1604 at Baslow, an Anthony Rowland and Ann Pirson were married on January 7 1715 at Eyam. During The Great Migration, those with the Rowland name settled in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Connecticut, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. John Rowland was the first recorded settler in America with the Rowland surname, and he landed in the state of Virginia in 1635. Shortly after John Rowland settled in America, both Jo Rowland, aged twenty-one years, and Richard Roland, aged twenty years, sailed in the year 1635 as well. Jo Rowland landed in Bermuda, and Richard Rowland landed in the state of Virginia. Lewis Rowland and Daniel Rowland both settled in the state of Virginia between the years of 1652 and 1653. Lewis Rowland landed in the state of Virginia in 1652, while Daniel Rowland settled in the state of Virginia in 1653.
In Scotland, the surname of Rowland originated in the Ayrshire region. From this central location, the name swept across Scotland, spreading into Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire, Midlothian, East Lothian, Roxburghshire, Orkney Island, and Inverness-shire.
In the north of Wales, Rowland was a common personal name. The first location it could have emerged as a surname was in Caenarvonshire. In 1671, John Rowlands became a successful banker in London, and returned to Wales to build his home at Pla y Nant. The family line would remain there for 100 years.
The Rowland surname in Ireland is the anglicized version of O’Rothlain, meaning descendant of Rothlain. One Rowland family from Ireland would emigrate to Iowa in 1854.
United States 40,354
England 13, 428
South Africa 2,338
New Zealand 812
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