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The surname Rolf is a name of ancient Norman origin, arriving in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Rolf derives from the Middle English personal (pre-surname) name Rolf. It is thought that the earliest origins of the name are Nordic, and that the name reached England in both pre-Norman Nordic invasion, and with the Normans.

Rolf Early Origins



The surname Rolf 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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Rolf Spelling Variations


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Rolf Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Rolphe, Roalph and others.

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Rolf Early History


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Rolf Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rolf research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1297, 1332, 1585, 1622, 1615, 1680, 1655 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Rolf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rolf Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rolf Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Rolfe (c.1585-1622), an early English settler of North America, credited with the first successful cultivation of tobacco in Virginia, perhaps best known as the...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rolf 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



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rolf or a variant listed above:

Rolf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Rolf, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1775
  • James Rolf, who arrived in Virginia in 1776

Rolf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anton Rolf, who landed in America in 1834
  • Gerh Heinr Rolf, who arrived in America in 1836
  • Bern Heinr Rolf, aged 44, arrived in America in 1843
  • Josephine Rolf, who arrived in America in 1843
  • M Christ Rolf, who landed in America in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rolf Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Rolf arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballarat" in 1867

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rolf (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rolf (post 1700)



  • Dr Ida Pauline Rolf (1896-1979), American biochemist and the creator of Structural Integration (Rolfing)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rolf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rolf 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 7 September 2013 at 22:57.

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