Early Origins of the Rollain family
The surname Rollain was first found in Lorraine
where they were anciently possessed a seigneurie, which classified them as members of the aristocracy for that reason. Their first elevation to the nobility was in 1532.
Early History of the Rollain family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rollain research.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1661, 1741, 1628, 1376, 1462, 1408, 1483, 1661, 1741 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Rollain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rollain Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Rollain, including Rollin, Rolin, Rollon, Rolon, Rollant, Rolant and many more.
Early Notables of the Rollain family (pre 1700)
Notable in the family name was Nicolas Rolin (1376-1462), Chancellor to Philip the Good (Philip III, Duke of Burgundy); and Jean (Jehan) Rolin (1408-1483), Burgundian bishop... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rollain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rollain family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Rollain has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rollain were Mrs. Rolin who settled in New York State in 1822; Benoit R. Rolin settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834. In Newfoundland Andrew Rowlin settled in Petty Harbour in 1675..
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