Rollin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rollin family

The surname Rollin 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 Rollin family

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

Rollin Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Rollin, some of which include Rollin, Rolin, Rollon, Rolon, Rollant, Rolant and many more.

Early Notables of the Rollin 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 Rollin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rollin migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Rollin. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rollin were

Rollin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • D Rollin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rollin (post 1700) +

  • Bernard E. Rollin (b. 1943), American philosopher and professor of philosophy, animal sciences, and biomedical sciences at Colorado State University
  • Betty Rollin (b. 1936), American NBC News correspondent and author
  • Louis Marie Joseph Etienne Rollin (1879-1952), French politician, Minister of Merchant Marine (1929-1930), Minister of Commerce and Industry (1931-1932), Minister of Commerce, Posts, Telegraphs and Telephones in 1932
  • Henri Rollin (1885-1955), French essayist
  • Alexandre Auguste Ledru- Rollin (1807-1874), French politician who was forced into exile after the failure of the French Revolution of 1848
  • Jean Michel Rollin Roth Le Gentil (1938-2010), French film director, actor, and novelist
  • Charles Rollin (1661-1741), French historian and educator
  • Kenneth "Ken" Rollin (b. 1937), English former professional rugby league footballer from Sharlston Common, Wakefield, England who played in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Anita Rollin, Sri Lankan gold medalist snowboarder at the 2011 South Asian Winter Games
  • Dominique Rollin (b. 1982), Canadian professional cyclist, riding for UCI ProTeam FDJ-BigMat


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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