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The illustrious surname Rohan is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Rohan is a place-name from in Rouen, the capital of Normandy. The surname was derived from the Viscountcy of Rohan, in Brittany, in France. As a local name, it could also have been derived from the local at the rowan which referred to a residence beside a rowan-tree. Habitation names were derived from the name of the town, village or hamlet where the person originally lived.

Rohan Early Origins



The surname Rohan was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Rohan Spelling Variations


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Rohan Spelling Variations



Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Roan, Rohan, Roohan, Rome, Rowan and others.

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Rohan Early History


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Rohan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rohan research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 169 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Rohan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rohan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rohan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rohan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rohan In Ireland


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Rohan In Ireland



Some of the Rohan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 211 words (15 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


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The Great Migration



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Rohan, or a variant listed above:

Rohan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H S Rohan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J P Rohan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Georges Rohan, aged 17, landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • Tim and Fanny Rohan settled in New York State in 1853
  • Fanny Rohan and her son Tim, aged 7, arrived in New York State in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rohan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Rohan, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"

Rohan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elisa Rohan, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Michael Rohan, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Martin Rohan, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rohan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rohan (post 1700)



  • Michael Scott Rohan (b. 1951), Scottish fantasy and science fiction author
  • Denis Michael Rohan (1941-1995), Australian who attempted to burn down the al-Aqsa mosque in 1969

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Rohan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rohan 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 10 December 2015 at 11:50.

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