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The name Roads arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Roads family lived in Lincolnshire at Rhodes, from whence their name is derived.

Roads Early Origins



The surname Roads was first found in Lincolnshire 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.

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Roads Spelling Variations


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Roads Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Rhodes, Rhoades, Rhode, Rhoads, Roades, Roads and others.

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Roads Early History


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Roads Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roads research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1591 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Roads History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roads Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roads Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roads Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Roads or a variant listed above were:

Roads Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Roads, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Christopher Roads, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Catherine Roads, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • John Roads, who landed in Maryland in 1663

Roads Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Roads, who arrived in Virginia in 1702

Roads Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Henry Roads, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Roads Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Roads, aged 37, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Richard Roads arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roads (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roads (post 1700)



  • Samuel Roads Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1902
  • John F. Roads (1806-1890), American politician, Postmaster at Hamburg, Pennsylvania, 1851-53
  • Mrs. C. F. Roads, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952

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Motto



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: Robor meum Deus
Motto Translation: Strength through God.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. 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.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. 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.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    The Roads Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roads 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 16:02.

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