ROWE, a surname of England, Ireland and Guernsey (Channel Islands) from Old English
Ruh - rough, or Old English raw (dweller in the) row (of houses) or (by the) hedgerow,
or a variant of ROE, ROLF (See ROFF), or RALPH. (Reaney, Cottle, MacLysaght, Turk).
Traced by Guppy especially in Cornwall and also in Devon, Lincolnshire, Somerset and Suffolk,
with Row a rare form in Cornwall and Suffolk.
Family traditions: George, from Devon, settled at Fogo (MUN Folklore). James, born at Yeovil
(Somerset) about 1740-50, settled first at Trinity (? Trinity B.) and moved to Heart's Content
in 1784 (MUN Geog.).
Early instances: D. Row of St. John's 1705 (CO 194.22); George Rowe, of Newfoundland ? 1706
(CO 194.22); Thomas, fisherman of Trinity (Trinity B.), 1757 (DPHW 64); Edward Row of
Trinity Bay, 1778 (DPHW 64); Anne Rowe, of Carbonear, 1783 (CO 199.18); James, of Heart's
Content, 1786 (DPHW 64); John Row, ? of Port de Grave, 1800 (Nfld. Archives T22);
John, from Torquay (Devon), merchant of St. John's, deceased 1811 (Royal Gazette 11 Oct 1811)
; -----, of Ferryland, 1818 (D'Alberti 28); Richard, of Harbour Grace Parish, l823
(Nfld. Archives HGRC); John Rowe, from Bellyhone (? for Ballynahone) (Cc. Westmeath),
married at St. John's, 1824 (Nfld. Archives BRC),. Henry and James, of Bird Island Cove
(now Elliston), 1825 (MUN Hist.); William, planter of Old Perlican, 1826 (DPHW 58);
D'Ewes Coke Pattington, of Harbour Grace, died 1830, aged 34 (Newfoundlander 3 Jun 1830);
Dr., of Burin, 1832 (Newfoundlander 26 Jan 1832); John Row, granted part of Vice Admirals Room
(Renews), 1833 (Nfld. Archives, Registry Crown Lands); John Rowe, from Torbryan (Devon),
married at St. John's, 1835 (DPHW 26D); James, planter of Salmon Cove (Carbonear),
1839 (DPHW 48); Edward, of Deer Island (Trinity B.), 1844 (DPHW 59A); Alford (? for Alfred),
planter of Cupids, 1848 (DPHW 34); Mary Ann Row, of Seldom-Come-By, 1855 (DPHW 26D);
Thomas Rowe, of Catalina, 1857 (DPHW 67); Susanna, of Lower Island Cove, 1860 (DPHW 58);
Catherine, of Indian Arm (Bonavista B.), 1868 (Nfld. Archives KCRC); scattered in Lovell 1871.
Modern status: Widespread, especially at Carbonear, Heart's Content, Chance Cove, Corner Brook
and St. John's.
Place name: Jimmy Rowes Pond 47-41 53-29.