Early Origins of the Rolte family
The surname Rolte 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
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.
Early History of the Rolte family
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Rolte Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Rolte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rolte family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Abrah Rolt, who came to Virginia in 1671; Wm. Rolt, who arrived in Virginia in 1669; James Rolt, who was deported to America in 1767; as well as John Rolt, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1767..