Rollo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
- Origins Available:
Early Origins of the Rollo family
The surname Rollo was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. Rollo (c. 846-c. 932), baptised Robert, was a Viking who became the first ruler of Normandy, a region of France.
Early History of the Rollo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rollo research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1419, 1481, 1471, 1513, 1565, 1584, 1577, 1659, 1600, 1700, 1679 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Rollo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rollo Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Rollo, Rollock and others.
Early Notables of the Rollo family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan from early times was John Rollo, 1st of Duncrub (died 1390); Duncan Rollo, 2nd of Duncrub (died 1419); Andrew Rollo, 3rd of Duncrub (died 1481); Robert Rollo (died 1471), William Rollo, 4th of Duncrub (died 1513); Andrew Rollo, 7th of Duncrub (died 1565); James Rollo...
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rollo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rollo migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rollo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Donald Rollo, who arrived in New York State in 1820
Rollo migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Rollo Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. James Rollo, (b. 1832), aged 25, British labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 
- Miss Janet Rollo, (b. 1836), aged 21, British farm servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 
- Mr. David Rollo, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 
- Mrs. Margaret Rollo, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 
- Miss Margaret Rollo, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Contemporary Notables of the name Rollo (post 1700) +
- Michael H. Rollo, American politician, Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1932 
- Cynthea Rollo, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1996, 2000 
- Augustus Rollo, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hebron, 1837 
- William Rollo (1894-1950), Scottish born, African academic from Glasgow; he taught himself Japanese so he could teach the South African pilots during World War II, Vice-Chancellors and Principal of the University of Zimbabwe (1953-1955)
- James Shepherd "Jim" Rollo (1937-2012), Scottish football goalkeeper
- David Rollo (b. 1934), Scottish rugby player
- Andrew Rollo (1703-1765), 5th Lord Rollo, a Scottish army commander in Canada and Dominica during the Seven Years' War
- Lieutenant General Sir William Raoul Rollo KCB CBE (b. 1978), British Army officer
- David Rollo (1891-1963), international Northern Irish footballer
- Sir Robert Rollo Gillespie (1766-1814), Irish major-general, of an old Scottish family which acquired property in Downshire early in the eighteenth century, and was only child of Robert Gillespie of Comber, co. Down
Historic Events for the Rollo family +
HMS Royal Oak
- David Rollo (1920-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
The Rollo 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: La fortune passe par tout
Motto Translation: The vicissitudes of fortune are common to all.