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

The Roundtree surname comes from the Middle English word "rown" and the Old English word "tree;" meaning together, a "rowan tree." Thus the first to bear the name likely lived near such a tree.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rowntree, Rountree, Rowantree and others.

First found in Cumberland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early 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 Roundtree research. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roundtree History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Roundtree family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 159 words(11 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 settlers of this family name were:

Roundtree Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Elizabeth Roundtree, who arrived in Virginia in 1686

Roundtree Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Roundtree, who came to America in 1804
  • Charles Roundtree, aged 33, landed in Delaware in 1812
  • Owen Roundtree, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Brian, James, John, Peter Roundtree all arrived in Philadelphia in 1856

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  • Richard Roundtree (b. 1942), American actor best known for his portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the film Shaft
  • Martha Roundtree (1911-1999), American pioneering broadcast journalist
  • Dovey Johnson Roundtree (b. 1914), African-American civil rights and criminal defense lawyer


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  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Roundtree Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roundtree 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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