The name Rockall was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rockall family lived in either of two locations, one in Buckinghamshire
, and one in Somerset
. The places were originally called Rockholt,
from the elements hroc,
However, another source claims the name was derived from a "dweller at, or near, the stony spring or stream." CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Rockall family
The surname Rockall was first found in either Buckinghamshire
where this surname was originally a habitation surname. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Today, Rockwell Green is a village near Wellington, in the Taunton Deane district of Somerset
and Rockwell End is a hamlet in Buckinghamshire
which has been used as a film location for two of the Midsomer Murders series.
Early History of the Rockall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rockall research.Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1324 are included under the topic Early Rockall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rockall Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Rockwell, Rokelle, Rockewell, Rokele, Rokewell and others.
Early Notables of the Rockall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rockall family to Ireland
Some of the Rockall family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rockall family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rockall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Rockall, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834