ROWELL Family History
This interesting surname has a number of possible origins. Firstly, it may be of English locational origin from either Rowell in Devonshire or as a dialectal variant of Rothwell in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire or the North Riding of Yorkshire. Rowell in Devonshire is derived from the old English pre 7th Century "ruh" meaning rough or overgrown, and "hyll" a hill. Rothwell is composed of the old English elements "roth" a clearing and "wella" a spring or stream. Rowell being the local pronunciation of the place in Northamptonshire.