The name Rockhold is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived 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 Rockhold family
The surname Rockhold 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 Rockhold family
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Rockhold Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Rockhold are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Rockhold include: Rock, Rocks, Roch, Rocke, Rocker, Rooker, Rucker and others.
Early Notables of the Rockhold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rockhold family to Ireland
Some of the Rockhold 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.
Migration of the Rockhold family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Rockhold or a variant listed above: Richard Rock settled in Virginia in 1663; Francis Rocke settled in Virginia in 1636; Andrew, Arthur, Frederick, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Theodore, Thomas and William Rock all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..
Contemporary Notables of the name Rockhold (post 1700)
- George F. Rockhold, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1912 (alternate), 1916; Postmaster at Dallas, Texas, 1912-13