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

The Anglo-Saxon name Rosendale comes from when the family resided in the village of Rosindale near Clitheroe in the county of Lancashire. The surname was originally derived from two elements, rosen meaning roses and dahl referring to a valley. In this case the original bearers of the surname lived in a valley full of roses.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Rosendale has been recorded under many different variations, including Rosindale, Rosendale, Rosedale, Rosedell, Rosdell and many more.

First found in Lancashire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rosendale research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) covering the year 1250 is included under the topic Early Rosendale History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rosendale or a variant listed above:

Rosendale Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Rosendale settled in Baltimore in 1820

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  • Richard Rosendale CMC, American chef
  • Simon Wolfe Rosendale (1842-1937), American lawyer and politician, New York State Attorney General from 1892 to 1893
  • Matthew Rosendale, American Republican politician, Member of the Montana House of Representatives


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