Origin of the Name Rowley
The ancient history of the name Rowley
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Rowley include Roland, Rowland. This name in Irish is O'Rothlain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Sligo.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
This family also adopted the surname Rolland and Rowlands. They where a sept that were seated in the parish of Easkey, on the East side of the River Easkey, County Sligo. We find in the Annals of Loch Ce dated 1337, that the Master O'Rothlain died. The variant Rowland appears in Connacht in the person of Doctor Rowland, Warden of Galway in the year 1597. A noteable person of the name was Admiral Sir Josias Rowley, 1765-1842, he being a Leitrim man. In modern times the name is still numerous in its original habitat of County Sligo.
The Rowley coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Rowley descendants.