The surname Roalph is a name of ancient Norman origin, arriving in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The surname Roalph derives from the Middle English personal (pre-surname) name Rolf. It is thought that the earliest origins of the name are Nordic, and that the name reached England
in both pre-Norman Nordic invasion, and with the Normans.
Early Origins of the Roalph family
The surname Roalph 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 Roalph family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roalph research.Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1297, 1332, 1585, 1622, 1615, 1680, 1655 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Roalph History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Roalph Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Rolphe, Roalph and others.
Early Notables of the Roalph family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Rolfe (c.1585-1622), an early English settler of North America, credited with the first successful cultivation of tobacco in Virginia, perhaps best known as the... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roalph Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Roalph family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Roalph name or one of its variants: 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.