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The name Roffe reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on the Norman given name Rudolph.

Roffe Early Origins



The surname Roffe was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times, soon after the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

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Roffe Spelling Variations


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Roffe Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Roffe has been recorded under many different variations, including Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Roalph, Roff, Ruff, Rouf and others.

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Roffe Early History


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Roffe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roffe research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1297, and 1332 are included under the topic Early Roffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roffe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roffe Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Roffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Roffes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Roffe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Roffe, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • William Roffe, who landed in Virginia in 1665
  • John Roffe, who landed in Virginia in 1665

Roffe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Roffe, who came to Virginia in 1730

Roffe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Roffe, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roffe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roffe (post 1700)



  • Diann Roffe (b. 1967), American alpine skier
  • Harry Roffe, Department of Health

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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