Rolison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rolison family

The surname Rolison was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Richard Rollison is the fictional wealthy bachelor living in a Mayfair flat at 22 Gresham Terrace, nicknamed the Toff, by John Creasey (1908-1973) in his 60 Toff adevntures.

Early History of the Rolison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rolison research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1184, 1196, 1296, 1555 and are included under the topic Early Rolison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rolison Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rolland, Roland, Rowland, Rowlands, Rowlandson, Rolan and many more.

Early Notables of the Rolison family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rolison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Rolison family to Ireland

Some of the Rolison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rolison migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rolison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. J.H. Rolison, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Paris" from Southampton, England [1]
Rolison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George E Rolison, arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Minnehaha" from London, England [2]
  • Ida Rolison, aged 41, originally from Liverpool, England, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Celtic" from LIVERPOOL [3]
  • Ernest Victor Rolison, aged 34, destined for Trenton, NJ, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Mary M. Rolison, aged 37, destined for Trenton, NJ, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rolison (post 1700) +

  • Dedrick D'Mon Rolison (b. 1971), better known by his stage name Mack 10, an American rapper and actor
  • Debra R. Rolison, American chemist at the United States Naval Research Laboratory
  • Nathan Mardis Rolison (b. 1977), American former Major League Baseball First baseman who played for the Florida Marlins in 2000
  • Jay Pardee Rolison Jr. (1929-2007), American lawyer and politician, Member of the New York Senate (1967-1972) and (1973-1982)


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX93-MM3 : 6 December 2014), Mrs. J.H. Rolison, 21 Apr 1894; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF9L-4J9 : 6 December 2014), George E Rolison, 12 Apr 1909; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Minnehaha, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ6S-DMC : 6 December 2014), Ida Rolison, 27 Nov 1910; citing departure port LIVERPOOL, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C5-9M8 : 6 December 2014), Ernest Victor Rolison, 07 Apr 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C5-9MD : 6 December 2014), Mary M. Rolison, 07 Apr 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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