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
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.
Early Origins of the Rockhill family
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.
Early History of the Rockhill family
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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.
Early Notables of the Rockhill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rockhill family to Ireland
Some of the Rockhill family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rockhill family to the New World and Oceana
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
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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
- William Woodville Rockhill (1854-1914), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, 1909-11; Turkey, 1911-13
- William W. Rockhill, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1893-97
- William Rockhill (1793-1865), American Democrat politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1834-36, 1836-37; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1836; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1844-47;
- Morrison A. Rockhill (b. 1961), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1940 (alternate), 1944, 1948 (alternate)
- H. K. Rockhill, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington 2nd District, 1909