When the ancestors of the Rockells family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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 Rockells family
The surname Rockells 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 Rockells family
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Rockells 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. Rockells has been recorded under many different variations, including Rockwell, Rokelle, Rockewell, Rokele, Rokewell and others.
Early Notables of the Rockells family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rockells family to Ireland
Some of the Rockells 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 Rockells 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. Rockellss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: William, Susannah, Ruth and John Rockwell settled in Nantasket in 1630; Thomas Rockwell settled in Virginia in 1637 along with Mary; Edward Rockwell arrived in San Francisco in 1850.