Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Raworth, Rayworth, Rowarth, Rowerth, Roweth
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mr Graham Roworth
Roworth is an uncommon surname and one that has a comparatively large number of spelling variants. Its distribution isn’t widespread in the UK but it has been recorded overseas in the USA and commonwealth countries like Australia and South Africa.
Two possible origins of this surname have been suggested, one being that the surname Raworth was first found in Somerset, where a Norman noble was granted lands by his liege Lord, William, Duke of Normandy. They branched north to Scotland where typically many Norman nobles were granted lands by the Scottish monarch. A second possibility is that the Village of Rowarth, in Derbyshire, gave rise to the name, so it would be good to confirm or prove which of these alternatives is the source.
I am also interested in the many different spellings of the surname and would like to confirm that they are variants of the same name and discover when and how they arose.
My father started tracing our Roworth ancestors in the 1970’s and reached a Mark Roworth born in Staffordshire in 1785, this is still a long way from “Rowarth” in Derbyshire or the Raworth noble, so there is still a lot of work to do. The tools available for this research have greatly improved since my father started, so I am optimistic that this one-name-study project will complete the task.
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