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

The Rouse surname, of Norman ancestry, was a name given to a person with red hair which was in turn derived from the Old French nickname le rous, meaning redhead. Another equally valid derivation suggests that the name is a shortened form of the Norman given name Rufus.


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Rous, Rouse, Rowse and others.

First found in Devon 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rouse research. Another 399 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1st , 1608, 1670, 1656, 1730, 1776, 1731, 1579, 1659, 1618, 1680, 1660, 1645, 1626, 1605, 1677, 1653, 1660, 1st , 1608, 1676, 1654 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Rouse History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 159 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rouse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Rouse or a variant listed above:

Rouse Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Rouse settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Faithful Rouse, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1644
  • Walter Rouse, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • William Rouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • James Rouse settled in Virginia in 1653

Rouse Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Margt Rouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Henry Rouse, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Jacob Rouse, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Clara Rouse, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Edward Rouse, who landed in Virginia in 1735

Rouse Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Rouse, who landed in New York in 1831


  • Mikel Rouse (b. 1957), American composer
  • Irving Rouse, American anthropologist
  • Russell Rouse (1913-1987), Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, director, and producer
  • Charlie Rouse (1924-1988), American jazz saxophonist
  • Christopher Rouse (b. 1949), American composer
  • Christopher Russell Rouse (b. 1958), Academy Award-winning American film editor
  • Curtis Lamar Rouse (1960-2013), American NFL football player
  • James Wilson Rouse (1914-1996), American activist and philanthropist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Jeffrey Norman "Jeff" Rouse (b. 1970), American Olympic Gold Medalist and former World Record swimmer
  • Josh Rouse (b. 1972), American singer-songwriter



  • Rouse Hill House and the Rouses by Caroline Rouse Thornt.
  • , Rouse, Stevens, Ancestry and Allied Famili.
  • by Dolly Bottens.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vescitur Christo
Motto Translation: He feeds on Christ.


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  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

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