The name Rockewell reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Rockewell family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rockewell 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 Rockewell family
The surname Rockewell was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Rockewell family
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Rockewell Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rockewell family name include Rockwell, Rokelle, Rockewell, Rokele, Rokewell and others.
Early Notables of the Rockewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rockewell family to Ireland
Some of the Rockewell family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rockewell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Rockewell family to immigrate 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.