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The ancestors of the bearers of the Rockhill family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the village of Rock found in the various locations that existed in Worcestershire, Devon and also in Northumberland.The surname also has topographic origins in that it describes the area where the original bearers lived. In this case they lived at some residence near a large boulder or rock face.

Rockhill Early Origins



The surname Rockhill was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Rockhill Spelling Variations


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Rockhill Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Rockhill include Rock, Rocks, Roch, Rocke, Rocker, Rooker, Rucker and others.

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Rockhill Early History


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Rockhill Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rockhill research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rockhill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rockhill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rockhill Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rockhill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rockhill In Ireland


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Rockhill In Ireland



Some of the Rockhill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rockhill or a variant listed above:

Rockhill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Rockhill, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1895
  • L. H. Rockhill, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1896
  • H.B. Rockhill, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897

Rockhill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. W. W. Rockhill, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • W. Edith P. Rockhill, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Walker W. Rockhill, aged 47, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Arthur Rockhill, aged 30, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1911
  • Edith Rockhill, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rockhill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rockhill (post 1700)



  • William R. Rockhill (1793-1865), American politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • William Woodville Rockhill (1854-1914), United States diplomat, best known as the author of the U.S.'s Open Door Policy for China

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rockhill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rockhill Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 6 September 2014 at 16:52.

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