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Rofe is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Rofe is a name that comes from the Norman given name Rudolph.

Rofe Early Origins



The surname Rofe was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times, soon after the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

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Rofe Spelling Variations


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Rofe Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rofe family name include Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Roalph, Roff, Ruff, Rouf and others.

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Rofe Early History


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Rofe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rofe research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1297, and 1332 are included under the topic Early Rofe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rofe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rofe Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Rofe family to immigrate North America:

Rofe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Barbary Rofe who settled in New England in 1635
  • William Rofe, who arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Barbary Rofe, aged 20, arrived in New England in 1635

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Rofe Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    The Rofe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rofe 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 29 May 2015 at 01:26.

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