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The lineage of the name Rodwell begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Rothwell, a place-name found in the counties of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The place-name Rothwell is derived from the Old English words roth, which means forest clearing, and wella, which means spring or stream. The place-name as a whole translates as "spring or stream in the summer clearing." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
In the Domesday Book, [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
compiled in 1086, each of those places was originally listed as Rodewelle.

Rodwell Early Origins



The surname Rodwell was first found in Lincolnshire where one of the first listings of the family was Robert de Rothewelle who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Later in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls, Johanna de Rothewell and Johannes de Rothewell were listed. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Rodwell Spelling Variations


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Rodwell Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Rodwell has undergone many spelling variations, including Rothwell, Rathwell, Rosswell, Rosewell and others.

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Rodwell Early History


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Rodwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rodwell research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1627 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Rodwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rodwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rodwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Richard Rothwell, the exorcist, who was born at Bolton (now in Greater Manchester) in 1563. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
He died in 1627 and was "known as "Bold Rothwell, the Apostle of the North," and famed as an exorcist, who professed to have wonderful contests...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rodwell In Ireland


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Rodwell In Ireland



Some of the Rodwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words (8 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



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Rodwell were among those contributors:

Rodwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Rodwell, who arrived in New York in 1835

Rodwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Brown Rodwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dawson" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAWSON 1839 (also called DAWSONS). Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dawsons.gif
  • Henry Rodwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Bartlett" in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rodwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rodwell (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General James Stevenson Rodwell (1896-1962), American Assistant Commanding General 4th Division, North-West Europe (1944-1946)
  • Eric Rodwell (b. 1957), American bridge player
  • Craig Rodwell (1940-1993), American gay rights activist and the founder of the first gay bookstore
  • Lillie B. Rodwell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1972
  • Calvin A. Rodwell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2000, 2004
  • John Medows Rodwell (1808-1900), English translator of the Koran
  • Jack Rodwell (b. 1991), English footballer
  • Anthony "Tony" Rodwell (b. 1962), English professional footballer
  • Brett Rodwell (b. 1970), Australian rugby league footballer
  • Sir Cecil Hunter Rodwell (1874-1953), British colonial administrator, Governor of Southern Rhodesia, British Guiana, and Fiji

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Citations


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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAWSON 1839 (also called DAWSONS). Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dawsons.gif

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Rodwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rodwell 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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