Roaf is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Roaf family name comes from the Norman given name Rudolph.
Early Origins of the Roaf family
The surname Roaf 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.
Early History of the Roaf family
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Roaf 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. Roaf has been recorded under many different variations, including Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Roalph, Roff, Ruff, Rouf and others.
Early Notables of the Roaf family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Roaf family to the New World and Oceana
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. Roafs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: James Rolfe and his wife Elizabeth Rolfe, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 with their son; Barbary Rofe who settled in New England
in 1635; William Rofe, who arrived in Barbados in 1635.
Contemporary Notables of the name Roaf (post 1700)
- Brigadier William George Hamilton Roaf (1908-1979), Canadian Chief Canadian Section Headquarters 1st Echelon Allied Armies Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) William Roaf. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Roaf/William_George_Hamilton/Canada.html