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Multiple Origins for the Surname Rohan



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.

Early Origins of the Rohan family


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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Early History of the Rohan family

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Early History of the Rohan family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rohan research.
Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1618 and 1639 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 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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Early Notables of the Rohan family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Rohan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Rohan family to Ireland

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Migration of the Rohan family to Ireland


Some of the Rohan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Rohan family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Rohan family to the New World and Oceana


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 [1]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)
  • J P Rohan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]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)
  • Georges Rohan, aged 17, who landed in New York, NY in 1852 [1]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)
  • Tim and Fanny Rohan, who settled in New York State in 1853
  • Fanny Rohan and her son Tim, aged 7, who 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, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"

Rohan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elisa Rohan, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Michael Rohan, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Martin Rohan, aged 20, a farm labourer, who 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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  1. ^ 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)

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