Rowland Family History

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Rowland Name Meaning

English: from Rol(l)ant, a Norman personal name composed of the Germanic elements hrod ‘renown’ + land ‘land’, ‘territory’ (or + -nand ‘bold’, assimilated to -lant ‘land’). This was popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of Charlemagne’s warrior of this name, who was killed at Roncesvalles in ad 778. English: habitational name from places in Derbyshire and Sussex, so named from Old Norse rá ‘roebuck’ + lundr ‘wood’, ‘grove’. Variant of German and French Roland.

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

Similar surnames: Roland, Dowland, Holland, Boyland, Boland, Hoyland, Ryland, Rohland

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Rowland Family Origin

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Rowland Family Occupations

What did your Rowland ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Rowland occupation in Canada was Farmer. 22% of Rowland's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Rowland family was Clerk. Farmer, School and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rowland.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Servant

  • Clerk


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Rowland Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Rowland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rowland 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Rowland. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Rowland. For the veterans among your Rowland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rowland Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Rowland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Rowland in 1943 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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