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.
Early Origins of the Rofe family
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.
Early History of the Rofe family
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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.
Early Notables of the Rofe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rofe family to the New World and Oceana
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, who arrived in New England in 1635 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)