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The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Rolfe is derived from the Old Norse given name Randolph, which itself comes from the Old German words, rat, meaning counsel, and wolf, meaning wolf.

Rolfe Early Origins



The surname Rolfe was first found in the town of Nairn in Nairnshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Narann) in northern Scotland, today part of the Council Area of Highland, where they are thought to have arrived well before the invasion of Britain of Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

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Rolfe Spelling Variations


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Rolfe Spelling Variations



The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Rolfe has also been spelled Ralph, Rolph, Rolfe 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 354 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1705, and 1762 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)



Another 22 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



Some of the first North American settlers with Rolfe name or one of its variants:

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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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cresco crescendeo
Motto Translation: I increase by increasing.


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Citations


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Citations



  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. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  8. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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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.

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