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Where did the English Rolley family come from? What is the English Rolley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rolley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rolley family history?Rolley is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Raleigh in the county of Devon. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English ra leah meaning a meadow for deer.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rolley family name include Raleigh, Rawleigh, Rawley, Rawle, Rawles and others.
First found in Devon where one of the first records of the name was William de Raley (or William de Ralegh or William Raleigh) (died 1250) a medieval judge, administrator and bishop.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rolley research. Another 303 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1552, 1618, 1605 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Rolley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 133 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rolley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Rolley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rolley surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Sarah Rawleigh settled with her husband in Virginia in 1663; Mary Rawles settled in Virginia in 1653; Elizabeth Rawleigh settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.
The Rolley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rolley 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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