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

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Rockwood surname lived in a wooded area with distinct rocky terrain. Rockwood is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Rockwood are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Rockwood include: Rockwood, Rookwood and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rockwood research. Another 278 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rockwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Rockwood or a variant listed above:

Rockwood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Rockwood who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Anth Rockwood, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Rockwood, who landed in Maryland in 1642
  • Thomas Rockwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1642
  • Nicholas Rockwood, who arrived in New England in 1651

Rockwood Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • C. Rockwood settled in New Orleans in 1823
  • C H Rockwood, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • H Rockwood, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Wendell D. Rockwood, American politician, member of the Citizen's Municipal Party, mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts (1916 to 1918)
  • Albert Perry Rockwood (1805-1879), Mormon leader and member of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


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The Rockwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rockwood 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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