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Where did the English Roffe family come from? When did the Roffe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Roffe family history?

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.

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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.

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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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.

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

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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
  • Wm Roffe, who landed in Virginia in 1665
  • Jno 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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  • Diann Roffe (b. 1967), American alpine skier
  • Harry Roffe, Department of Health


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