Rowland, Roland, Rowlands Name Study

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Rowland Name Study

The Rowland One-Name Study is global in scope, encompassing all geographic areas, and numerous spelling variants.

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Rowland DNA Studies

The Rowland One-Name Study coordinates its activities with the Rowland DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA.

Defined DNA Groups

Presently, there are 15 unique Rowland Y-DNA lines:

  1. DNA Group A: Shenandoah, Virginia
  2. DNA Group B: Chester, Pennsylvania
  3. DNA Group C: Granville, North Carolina
  4. DNA Group D: Iowa/PA/NC
  5. DNA Group E: Fairfield, Connecticut
  6. DNA Group F: Botetourt, Virginia
  7. DNA Group G: Derbyshire/Sheffield
  8. DNA Group H: Wake, North Carolina
  9. DNA Group I: PA/MD/OH Germanic
  10. DNA Group J: Surry, Virginia
  11. DNA Group K: Saline, Arkansas
  12. DNA Group L: England to Canada
  13. DNA Group M: Essex, England
  14. DNA Group N: County Mayo, Ireland
  15. DNA Group O: Isle of Wight, England

Untested Rowland Lines

Presently, these groups/lines are in need of Y-DNA testers:

  1. Macon, Missouri
  2. Manchester to Yonker
  3. La Tremblade, France to Suffolk, New York
  4. New London, Connecticut
  5. Orkney Islands (Scotland)
  6. Hanover, Virginia
  7. Berks, Pennsylvania
  8. New South Wales, Australia
  9. Frederick, Virginia
  10. Cornwall to Victoria, Australia
  11. Yancey, North Carolina
  12. Shovel Works, Rowlandville, Pennsylvania from Pembrokeshire, Wales
  13. Delmarva Peninsula, USA
  14. Washington, Pennsylvania
  15. Hawkins, Tennessee
  16. Emanuel, Georgia
See Rowland Xref Project Summary for additional details


Our Mission: To cross-reference (Xref) every Rowland Y-DNA test-taker to their WikiTree descendant trees, and to be a center-of-competence for genealogy research related to the Rowland surname (and its variants).

Task List

Here's how you can help:
  • Establish a WikiTree profile for every Rowland on the planet
  • Add Rowland ancestors to all younger generation Rowland profiles
  • Have living Rowland males take a Y-DNA test to help verify the WikiTree
  • Cross-reference various Rowland WikiTree lines to the Rowland Y-DNA clusters
  • Provide sources to help us break through the brick walls
  • Provide suggestions as to what data is of interest to everyone and how it should be presented.
  • Identify additional famous & notables, then create WikiTree profiles
  • Identify those with unique stories
  • Identify those who met an untimely death (excluding war)
  • Identify families with 12 or more children
We need a pre-1500 certified WikiTreer genealogist to create/add a profile for Roland, Paladin Warrior of Charlemagne
  • Roland "The Paladin" de Vere (???-778) FabPedigree for Roland, son of Milon "Count of Angleria" d'Anglesis/d'Vere and Bertha Martel of the Franks
  • Roland "The Paladin" de Vere Narkive pedigree for Roland, son of Milon d'Anglesis and Bertha de Martel (daughter of Pippin III de Short). Possible son named Faralando de Vere.
  • Roland "The Paladin" Seneschal de Vere (760-778) WorldConnect pedigree for Roland, son of Milo/Maelo "Duke of Aungiers" Vere and Bertbell "Princess of France" Martel Desposyni
  • Roland De Vere (729 - 778) Ancestry pedigree for Roland, born in Galicia, Spain, son of Milo Duc Angiers (774-800) and Bertbelle Martel (761-???).

Rowland Name Origins

See Rowland Name Origin
See Origin of the Rowland Surname


Spelling variations and primary country of origin, listed in order of WikiTree frequency:
  • Rowland: England, Scotland, and Ireland (more than 5x larger than Roland)
  • Roland: Germany and France
  • Rowlands: Wales
  • Ruland: France
  • Orlando: Italy
  • Reiland: Germany
  • Rolland: France and Scotland
  • Roldan: Spain
  • Ruhland: Germany
  • Reuland: Luxembourg
  • Roeland: Netherland
  • Rohland: Germany
  • Rowlandson: England
  • Orlandi
  • Rolando: Italy
  • Rolan
  • Rolands


Famous Rowlands

Many famous and notable Rowland ancestors have left their mark on the world. To protect the privacy of the living, only people who have passed away are included. The entries are divided into three major sections:

  1. Individuals & Families, primarily born before 1750
  2. Individuals & Families, primarily born 1750-1880
  3. Occupational Groups of those who made their marks primarily in the 20th and 21st centuries

Interesting and Quirky Ancestors

Not all Rowland ancestors qualify as being famous, although many have stories that are extremely interesting or downright quirky. Here are a few of those stories, including the Rowland who assimilated into the Cheyenne tribe, multiple generations of Rowland cousin intermarriages, a Rowland with two wives under the same roof, early arrivers, and centenarians. Let us know if you have additional ones.

Untimely and Unnatural Deaths

Unfortunately, some of our Rowland ancestors were the victims of untimely and unnatural deaths. We grieve all those that have passed before us, especially those taken from us too early and by unnatural means. The following list includes Rowlands that perished due to murder, speared by natives, vehicles (planes, trains, automobiles, and boats), weather-related, drownings, and other unnatural means.

Be Fruitful and Multiply

Clearly, some Rowland families took this bible verse to heart. Today, most of us think that two children are a handful. A few generations ago, families with half a dozen children were not uncommon. However, the following Rowland families pushed the limits and did their best to propagate the Rowland name.

Military Service

American Revolution

We have identified about 40 Rowland Patriots of the American Revolution. In all likelihood, there were probably Rowland soldiers on the other side, fighting on behalf of England’s King George. However, we have not been able to locate any records yet. Here are the known Rowland American Revolution participants, organized by Colony/State, then alphabetically by name. Please note derivative names of Roland, Rowlands, Rowlandson, and Ruland are also included. Most of these individuals are listed with the Daughters of the American Revolution. We have included the DAR Ancestor # for each one to assist with your further research.

American Civil War

There were about 1200 Rowland participants in the American Civil War. They were roughly equally divided between the Union and the Confederacy. Although people like to talk about “brothers fighting brothers” in the Civil War, there are no documented cases of a Rowland family or Rowland first cousins on opposite sides.


Places Named Rowland

"Rowland Crater" on the far side of the moon

Places named Rowland are not limited to just here on earth. Indeed, we have Rowland Crater, located on the moon. We once had a castle, but today the castle is gone, and it is only a village called Rowland’s Castle.

Rowland Homes and Buildings

"Agreed In Peace" Homestead, built circa 1790

Many historic homes and buildings carry the Rowland name. Some have been designated as National Historic Landmarks.

Rowland Cemeteries

There are about 130 cemeteries in the Find-A-Grave cemetery database which carry the Rowland (and variants) name in reference to a surname or location. North Carolina leads the way with 22 Rowland cemeteries. Additionally, Find-A-Grave has approximately 64,000 Rowland memorials for people interred in these and other cemeteries (as of Aug 8, 2021). Here are the Rowland cemeteries, organized/alphabetized by Country, State, and County.

Rowland Resources

More than 30 documents are available for free download.

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I would love to join the Rowland project as my mother is a Rowland. I have an extensive DNA connected tree on Ancestry. I am fairly new to WikiTree so right now I am working on adding sources to my direct line.

posted by E. Stagner
Interested in joining the project and tracing how this name has splintered over the years and which other spellings may be related.
posted by Colin Avrech