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Where did the English Roaf family come from? What is the English Roaf family crest and coat of arms? When did the Roaf family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Roaf family history?

Roaf is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Roaf family name comes from the Norman given name Rudolph.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Roaf has been recorded under many different variations, including Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Roalph, Roff, Ruff, Rouf and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times, soon after the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roaf research. Another 278 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1297, and 1332 are included under the topic Early Roaf History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Roaf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Roafs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: James Rolfe and his wife Elizabeth Rolfe, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 with their son; Barbary Rofe who settled in New England in 1635; William Rofe, who arrived in Barbados in 1635.

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The Roaf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roaf Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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