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

The illustrious surname Rone is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Rone is a place-name from in Rouen, the capital of Normandy. The surname was derived from the Viscountcy of Rohan, in Brittany, in France. As a local name, it could also have been derived from the local at the rowan which referred to a residence beside a rowan-tree. Habitation names were derived from the name of the town, village or hamlet where the person originally lived.

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Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Roan, Rohan, Roohan, Rome, Rowan and others.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rone research. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 169 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Rone History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Rone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Rone, or a variant listed above:

Rone Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Anthony Rone, who arrived in Virginia in 1658

Rone Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Miss Hedwig Rone, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Walter Rone, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Rone Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Valentine Rone, aged 35, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Eden Rone, aged 54, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Lloyd A. Rone, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Thomas C. Rone, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Margaret M. Rone, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1909


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  • Brad Rone (1968-2003), American journeyman boxer from Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jemera Rone, Human Rights Watch of East Africa Coordinator


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