Roe Family History
Roe Surname History
This page is a hub for the complete history of the Roe family name, Roe origins, and records of people with the Roe name. Roe family history has a rich and complex origin of which the particulars have been accumulated over the years by Roe family researchers. The last name Roe is an old heredity that has migrated all across the world over time, and as the Roe family has migrated, it has changed making its origin challenging to piece together.
Recorded as Roe, Rowe, O'Ruadh and the rare Wroe, this is an English and Irish surname. It has several possible origins. Perhaps the most likely is as a medieval nichkname from the Old French word "roi", meaning king, and hence denoting someone who behaved in a regal fashion, or who had earned the title in some contest of skill or by being elected "King for the day" in a local festivitial. Secondly and also a nickname it could derive from the Olde English pre 7th century word "roege", meaning "roe deer", and hence describe a fast mover. Thje surname is ancient being one of the first created in the late 11th Century (see below), and early recordings include: William le Roe the Pipe Rolls of Warwickshire in 1170, and Reginald le Ro , in the "Kalendar of Abbot Samson of Bury St. Edmunds", Suffolk in 1188. In parish records Elizabeth Roe was christened on September 27th 1553 at the church of St. Mary Magdalene's, Old Fish Street, London, and Edward Wroe married Ann Arnoll on April 30th 1592 at the church of St. Stephan's, Coleman Street, alos city of London. A coat of arms was granted to the family depicts three silver bucks courant on a blue shield, the crest being a red stag's head erased, and the Motto "Tramite recta" which translates as "By a direct path". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ului Ra. This was dated 1095, in the Feudal Documents from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk", during the reign of King William 11nd, known as "Rufus", 1087 - 1100. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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Roe country of origin
Norway, Normandy, England, Ireland
Meaning of the last name Roe
Red: red hair, red skin, like a Roe Deer. There is also A River Roe in northern Ireland
- Baby Boy Roe
- John La Roe
- Ronnie Roe
- Phillips Roe
- Harold Roe 1938 - ?
- Francis Roe
- Mary Roe
- Earl & Hattie Roe Woodbeck
- Connie Roe
- Flora E Roe
- Kenny Roe
- Vicki Roe
- Phineas Roe
- Dorothy Roe
- Terry Roe
- Elizabeth Roe Gorsuch 1639 - 1719
- Deborah Brewster Roe 1741 - 1832
- Martha Mills (Smith) Roe
- John Roe
- Helen Roe
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