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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Rockwood surname lived in a wooded area with distinct rocky terrain. Rockwood is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
The surname Rockwood was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Rockwood 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. The variations of the name Rockwood include: Rockwood, Rookwood and others.
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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 Rockwood or a variant listed above:
Rockwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Rockwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Rockwood Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Rockwood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
The Rockwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rockwood 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.
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