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Multiple Origins for the Surname Rolfe


English


The surname Rolfe is a name of ancient Norman origin, arriving in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Rolfe 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.

Rolfe Early Origins



The surname Rolfe 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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Rolfe Spelling Variations


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Rolfe 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 Rolfe family name include Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Rolphe, Roalph and others.

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Rolfe Early History


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Rolfe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rolfe 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 Rolfe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rolfe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rolfe 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 Rolfe 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



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 Rolfe family to immigrate North America:

Rolfe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Rolfe, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Elizabeth Rolfe who settled in Virginia in 1623 along with James her husband, John and Thomas
  • James Rolfe and his wife Elizabeth Rolfe, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 with their son
  • Elizabeth Rolfe, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Henry Rolfe, who settled in New England in 1630
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rolfe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Marcus Rolfe settled in New Jersey in 1773

Rolfe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Rolfe, who landed in New York in 1839

Rolfe Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Paul Rolfe, who landed in Quebec in 1901

Rolfe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Rolfe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  • William Rolfe, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Eliza Rolfe, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"

Rolfe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Rolfe, aged 15, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Frederic Rolfe, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Alma Rolfe, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Nelly W. Rolfe, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rolfe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rolfe (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Onslow Sherburne Rolfe (1895-1985), American Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Forces Far East (1953-1954)
  • Sam Rolfe (1924-1993), American screenwriter
  • William James Rolfe (1827-1910), American Shakespearean scholar and educator
  • Sir Robert Monsey Rolfe (1790-1868), English politician, 1st Baron Cranworth, Lord Chancellor of England in 1852
  • Frederick William Rolfe (1860-1913), English novelist

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Rolfe Historic Events


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Rolfe Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Edmund Sturgeon Rolfe (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Northbridge, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Sommerville Rolfe, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. 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.
  11. ...

The Rolfe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rolfe 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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