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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...

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