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Rockesbay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Rockesbay family


The surname Rockesbay was first found in Yorkshire at Rokeby, a parish, in the union of Teesdale, wapentake of Gilling-West. "This place belonged to the Rokebys, a Saxon family, who had a fortified mansion here, which was almost wholly destroyed in the incursion made by the Scots after the battle of Bannockburn. The owner of Rokeby having become proprietor of Mortham, in the parish, by marriage with the heiress of the Manfields, built a dwelling there about the beginning of the reign of Edward III." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

"The Rokebys of Rokeby held that estate uninterruptedly from the era of the Conquest till the fall of Charles I." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Rokeby Hall was built by Sir Thomas Robinson in 1735. The church in the parish of Little Sandall has an interesting story to tell. "The church contains a curious monument to the memory of John Rokeby, a native of this place, and Archbishop of Dublin, who directed his body to be buried here, and his heart and bowels at Halifax." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Over in Warwickshire, the market-town and parish of Rugby was "anciently called Rocheberie, afterwards Rokeby, and in the reign of Elizabeth by its present name, is supposed to have been one of those fortresses which Stephen, expecting Matilda's invasion, permitted his nobles to erect upon their estates." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Early History of the Rockesbay family


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Rockesbay Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Rokeby, Rokesby, Rookesby and others.

Early Notables of the Rockesbay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Rockesbay family to Ireland


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Migration of the Rockesbay family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Rokeby who arrived in New York State in 1822.

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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