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Rolls is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Rolls family lived in Yorkshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Roullours, in Calvados, in the arrondissement of Dieppe, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Rolls Early Origins



The surname Rolls was first found in Yorkshire where they were undertenants in the honor of Richmond being descended from the distinguished Norman family of Rollos of Roullours in Calvados, arrondisement of Dieppe, in Normandy. A century later it appears that William de Rollos, Lord of Bourne in the county of Lincoln to the south, was also a branch of this distinguished family. Richard Rolle (1290-1349) was an English religious writer, Bible translator, and hermit. He is also known as Richard Rolle of Hampole or de Hampole. He studied at Oxford.

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Rolls Spelling Variations


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Rolls Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rolls family name include Rolls, Rowles, Rolston, Rolleston, Rollesby, Rolles, Rholes and many more.

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Rolls Early History


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Rolls Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rolls research. Another 425 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1792, 1568, 1736, 1633, 1589, 1656, 1647, 1671, 1669, 1735, 1705, 1708, 1630, 1686, 1656, 1664, 1665, 1672, 1673, 1622, 1660, 1654 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Rolls History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rolls Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rolls Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Rolle (d. 1633) of Heanton Satchville, Devon; and his son, Henry Rolle (1589-1656), an English judge and Chief Justice of the King’s Bench; Sir Samuel Rolle (d. 1647); and his son, Dennis Rolle (d. 1671) of Great Torrington, a lawyer of the...

Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rolls 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Rolls family to immigrate North America:

Rolls Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benedict Rolls settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Benedict Rolls, aged 16, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Fran Rolls, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Robert Rolls, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • Matt Rolls, who landed in Maryland in 1676

Rolls Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Rolls, aged 18, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • James Rolls settled in Baltimore in 1803

Rolls Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Rolls from Poole, in Dorset, settled in Bay de Verde, Newfoundland in 1788 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Rolls Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Rolls, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • John Gardner Rolls arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rolls (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rolls (post 1700)



  • John Rolls (1735-1801), English High Sheriff of Monmouthshire, Justice of the Peace
  • John Rolls of The Hendre (1776-1837), English Justice of the Peace, and Lieutenant Colonel of the Loyal Southwark Volunteer Infantry
  • John Etherington Welch Rolls (1807-1870), English High Sheriff of Monmouthshire, art collector, Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace
  • John Allan Rolls DL (1837-1912), 1st Baron Llangattock, English landowner, politician, socialite, local benefactor and agriculturalist
  • Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), English motoring and aviation pioneer, co-founder of the Rolls-Royce car manufacturing firm in 1906
  • John Maclean Rolls (1870-1916), 2nd Baron Llangattock, British barrister and army Major

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Rolls Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rolls 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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