Last name: Roe

Recorded as Roe and the rare Wroe, this is an English 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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James Roe

My family is from the USA from OH and later in CA. I find that it come from a south, middle east last name. :[ England, Europe, South African, French] ie: Roe Name Meaning English: nickname for a timid person, from Middle English ro ‘roe’; this is a midland and southern form of Ray 2.Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads named Roe or Røe, from Old Norse ruð ‘clearing’.English name adopted by bearers of French Baillargeon.Korean: variant of No. Areas of best known:, England (280) Ireland (174) Great Britain (36) Germany (21) Scotland (20) Norway (17)

martin roe
No its not just an English name it also has irish origins

Kirkman Roe
I am from Nicaragua Atlantic Coast which there is only two family Roe, which are well known, ii will like to find out more about my descendent

Kirkman Roe
my email is kirkmanni@yahoo.com

I will like to know more please

Julie Roe
I am a descendent of John James Roe. He was my great great.......grandfather:)

Sue McGill
The Roe family living in New York State can be located in Flushing, Long Island. This family is traced back to Lapford, Devon, England, with John James Roe [30 Jan 1619-1711] who was the original immigrant. I found a free ebook called "David Roe of Flushing, Long Island and some of his Descendants; a Record of Six Generations." I was very stuck with the Roes who are my mother's family of origin until I found this book. Hope this is helpful.

Damien Roe
just came across this site and funnily enough my daughter was within spitting distance of you for the summer! we are an Irish branch of the family and I am officially the fourth Michael and can trace the family back to the early 1800's

sandra roe
Roe family from Massilon ohio area father is Estil K Roe grandpa was WIlliam and grandma Maude Hoddy Roe

Peter Roe
Small world reading this i actually live in bury st edmunds in suffolk, uk. Just stumbled across this searching to know my family history.part of a large Roe Family.

jamie (Roe) Rundall
I am looking for a John Roe that was born in 1799 in New York. Lived in Ulster County. Had a son James and a daughter Jane. Is there anybody that can help me?

Robert Roe
As a Roe i'm interesed in the Roe line as my grandfather was John Blandy Roe and then owner of Breweres in Londen He married Annie Roake.

Charlotte Roe
Cool Beans

Sarah Louise Roe
Born in Norwich, my father's surname. Paul Roe. And his fathers name was Christopher roe. But they originated from Cardiff. Hope I helped. . I also say cool beans! How ironic!

mark roe
The info about john Roe is news to me. My earliest ancestor in the USA seems to be a William Roe in Virginia in the 1650's. See Rowe Farm in Virginia

Brian Roe

My line came to Long Island in the 1650's from Ireland.

Kim Rowe
Mark, I am also from the William Roe line beginning in Norfolk in the mid 1600's. I am trying to locate Williams parents. I know he was born there but would love to know if his parents were the ones that made the journey from Europe or who actually did.

Brad Roe
I have an ancestor who was Amish and his name was Julius Roe. He was 'shunned' and my history stopped there at his enlistment in the Michigan Militia during the American Civil War as he never acknowledged who his parents were. I did find a couple that came from England prior to his birth who settled in the area and had a son born at the same time and area as his birth. Maybe this is where I will begin to look. Thanks.

Janet
I was married to a Rowe-his family lived in Danby ,Vt. Im searching My ancestors -soo felt like looking into his.Nice to know we might come from same place.

Donovan ROe
Very interesting and surprising, having always believed the name to have originated in England. I am a South African Roe and our family apparently has some connection back to Alliot Verdon Roe of AVRO fame.

Cathy Cleeton
My father was Eldon S. Roe, his father Lee H. Roe, his father we think was George. Everyone is gone that knows anymore. Just thought I might give you some more names. I would like to know more but I have just started.

joel roe
hey, nice info N roe... how u guys think i could find out about if im related/ come from these groups like the normans/vikings?? obviously it would be difficult to trace it back that far .. but would a dna help pinpoint a location??? also do those people have like family trees.. e.g those norman kings ?? ( would be pretty cool if was related to them) LOL

jamie (Roe) Rundall
I am looking for a John Roe that was born in 1799 in New York. Lived in Ulster County. Had a son James and a daughter Jane. Is there anybody that can help me?

Peter Roe
Small world reading this i actually live in bury st edmunds in suffolk, uk. Just stumbled across this searching to know my family history.part of a large Roe Family.

joel roe
hey, nice info N roe... how u guys think i could find out about if im related/ come from these groups like the normans/vikings?? obviously it would be difficult to trace it back that far .. but would a dna help pinpoint a location??? also do those people have like family trees.. e.g those norman kings ?? ( would be pretty cool if was related to them) LOL

Cathy Cleeton
My father was Eldon S. Roe, his father Lee H. Roe, his father we think was George. Everyone is gone that knows anymore. Just thought I might give you some more names. I would like to know more but I have just started.

Donovan ROe
Very interesting and surprising, having always believed the name to have originated in England. I am a South African Roe and our family apparently has some connection back to Alliot Verdon Roe of AVRO fame.

Janet
I was married to a Rowe-his family lived in Danby ,Vt. Im searching My ancestors -soo felt like looking into his.Nice to know we might come from same place.

Brad Roe
I have an ancestor who was Amish and his name was Julius Roe. He was 'shunned' and my history stopped there at his enlistment in the Michigan Militia during the American Civil War as he never acknowledged who his parents were. I did find a couple that came from England prior to his birth who settled in the area and had a son born at the same time and area as his birth. Maybe this is where I will begin to look. Thanks.

Kim Rowe
Mark, I am also from the William Roe line beginning in Norfolk in the mid 1600's. I am trying to locate Williams parents. I know he was born there but would love to know if his parents were the ones that made the journey from Europe or who actually did.

mark roe
The info about john Roe is news to me. My earliest ancestor in the USA seems to be a William Roe in Virginia in the 1650's. See Rowe Farm in Virginia

Brian Roe

My line came to Long Island in the 1650's from Ireland.

Charlotte Roe
Cool Beans

Sarah Louise Roe
Born in Norwich, my father's surname. Paul Roe. And his fathers name was Christopher roe. But they originated from Cardiff. Hope I helped. . I also say cool beans! How ironic!