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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rockcliffe, Rockliff, Rockliffe, Rowcliffe, Roclyff and many more.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in England less than ten miles south of the border, about four miles from Carlisle where Elsi de Routecliua (1170) and John de Rouclief (1332) was recorded soon after the Norman Conquest.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roclyff research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1st and 1497 are included under the topic Early Roclyff History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Rowcliffe, who arrived in Ontario in 1871; Edwin Rowcliffe, who came to Ontario in 1871; Robert Rowcliffe, who came to Quebec sometime between 1880 and 1980.

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