Rockele History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Rockele family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Rockele family lived in either of two locations, one in Buckinghamshire, and one in Somerset. The places were originally called Rockholt, from the elements hroc, meaning rock, and holt meaning wood. However, another source claims the name was derived from a "dweller at, or near, the stony spring or stream." [1]

Early Origins of the Rockele family

The surname Rockele was first found in either Buckinghamshire or Somerset where this surname was originally a habitation surname. [2] 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 Rockele family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rockele research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1324 are included under the topic Early Rockele History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rockele Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rockele include Rockwell, Rokelle, Rockewell, Rokele, Rokewell and others.

Early Notables of the Rockele family (pre 1700)

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United States Rockele migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Rockeles to arrive on North American shores:

Rockele Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Matthias Rockele, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [3]


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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