Rowley

Rowley Meaning and Origin

The name Rowley is a boy’s name meaning “rough clearing” and is of English origin. Rowley as a surname originates from various sources. It can be locational, derived from the Old English word “ruh,” meaning “rough,” combined with “leah,” meaning “wood” or “clearing.” This suggests that the name originally referred to someone living near a rough woodland area. The surname Rowley may also have Norman roots, derived from the Old French name “Roussel,” which was a diminutive form of “Roux,” meaning “red.” It could have been a nickname given to someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion. Rowley is also used as a given name for boys. It has gained popularity in recent years as a unique choice for parents looking for less common names.

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