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Early Origins of the Rolt family


The surname Rolt was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Oxfordshire who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086 and were also lands at Oxford from 1066.

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Early History of the Rolt family

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Early History of the Rolt family


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Rolt Spelling Variations

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Rolt Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Rolt, Rowald, Roult, Rold, Rolte and others.

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Early Notables of the Rolt family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Rolt family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Rolt family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Rolt family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rolt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm. Rolt, who arrived in Virginia in 1669
  • Abrah Rolt, who settled in Virginia in 1671

Rolt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Rolt, who was deported to America in 1767
  • John Rolt, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1767

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rolt (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rolt (post 1700)


  • Lionel Thomas Caswall Rolt (1910-1974), English writer, biographer civil engineers
  • Anthony Peter Roylance "Tony" Rolt (b. 1918), British Formula One racing driver

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Citations

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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