Show ContentsRoffey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Roffey is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Roffey comes from the Norman given name Rudolph.

Early Origins of the Roffey family

The surname Roffey 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 Roffey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roffey research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1297, 1332, 1510, 1521 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Roffey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roffey Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Roffey were recorded, including Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Roalph, Roff, Ruff, Rouf and others.

Early Notables of the Roffey family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Rough (died 1557), Scottish Protestant martyr, is stated to have been born in 1510, but as he was incorporated in St. Leonard's College in the university of St. Andrews in 1521. He was a close friend of John Knox and was soon summoned before Winram, the vicar-general of St. Andrews. Rough managed...
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Australia Roffey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Roffey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Roffey, English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "England"on 28th April 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]
  • Mr. George Roffey, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • George Peter Roffey, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [3]
  • William Roffey, aged 29, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Roffey (post 1700) +

  • William Robert "Bill" Roffey (b. 1954), English footballer who played as a defender from 1971 to 1996
  • Frederick "Fred" Leonard Roffey (b. 1895), English rugby player from Godstone, England who played in 221 matches from 1920 to 1927
  • Heather Claire Roffey (b. 1986), Caymanian swimmer, who specialized in long-distance freestyle and butterfly events at the Summer Olympics at the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Chelsea Roffey (b. 1981), Australian journalist and a goal umpire in the Australian Football League (AFL)
  • Victor Roffey (1908-1993), born Frederick Victor Roffey, an Australian aviator, known for being the first person to fly from New Caledonia to Australia
  • Sue Roffey, Australian-born, British psychologist and academic, Honorary Associate Professor at University College London and Western Sydney University
  • Monique Roffey (b. 1965), Trinidadian-born British writer and memoirist, winner of the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, for Archipelago, and the Costa Book of the Year award, for The Mermaid of Black Conch in 2021
  • Samuel Roffey Maitland (1792-1866), English historian and miscellaneous writer on religious topics


  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/england
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  3. South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1855.shtml


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