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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Rollesly, Rollesley, Rollersly, Rollerslie, Rollasley, Rollasly, Rolersley, Rolesley, Roleslie, Rolaslie, Rolislee, Rollisley, Rolasley, Rowlesley, Rowlesly, Rowlisley and many more.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roller research. Another 314 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Roller History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roller Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Roller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johann Peter Roller, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Johan Michael Roller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Hans Georg Roller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Mich Roller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Roller Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Roller, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1850
  • Matthew Roller, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • Paul Roller, who landed in Arkansas in 1889


  • Shane Derrick Roller (b. 1979), retired American mixed martial artist
  • Pascal Roller (b. 1976), retired German silver and bronze medalist professional basketball player


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  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  11. ...

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