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The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Rolph is derived from the Old Norse given name Randolph, which itself comes from the Old German words, rat, meaning counsel, and wolf, meaning wolf.

Rolph Early Origins



The surname Rolph was first found in the town of Nairn in Nairnshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Narann) in northern Scotland, today part of the Council Area of Highland, where they are thought to have arrived well before the invasion of Britain of Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

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Rolph Spelling Variations


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Rolph Spelling Variations



The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Rolph has also been spelled Ralph, Rolph, Rolfe and others.

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Rolph Early History


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Rolph Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rolph research. Another 354 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1705, and 1762 are included under the topic Early Rolph History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rolph Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rolph Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rolph 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



Some of the first North American settlers with Rolph name or one of its variants:

Rolph Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Rolph, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • Danll Rolph, who landed in Virginia in 1665
  • William Rolph settled in Barbados in 1690

Rolph Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Rolph, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • William Rolph settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Thomas Rolph settled in Pennsylvania in 1774

Rolph Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sophia Rolph, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1849

Rolph Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Rolph, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • John Rolph arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rolph (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rolph (post 1700)



  • James Rolph Jr. (1869-1934), American politician and a member of the Republican Party
  • Thomas Rolph (1885-1956), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from California 4th District, 1941-45; Defeated, 1944
  • Mrs. James Rolph Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1932
  • James Rolph Jr. (1869-1934), American Republican politician, Mayor of San Francisco, California, 1912-31; Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1920, 1928, 1932; Governor of California, 1931-34
  • George Rolph, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1928
  • Thomas Rolph (1885-1956), United States Representative from California
  • Susan "Sue" Rolph (b. 1978), British former freestyle and medley swimmer
  • George Rolph (1794-1875), Canadian (English born) lawyer and political figure in Upper Canada
  • John Rolph (1793-1870), Canadian (English born) physician and politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada

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Motto


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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: Cresco crescendeo
Motto Translation: I increase by increasing.


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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Rolph Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rolph 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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