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Roof is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the Norman given name Rudolph.

Roof Early Origins



The surname Roof was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times, soon after the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

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Roof Spelling Variations


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Roof Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Roalph, Roff, Ruff, Rouf and others.

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Roof Early History


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Roof Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roof research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1297, and 1332 are included under the topic Early Roof History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roof Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roof Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Roof Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Roof or a variant listed above: James Rolfe and his wife Elizabeth Rolfe, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 with their son; Barbary Rofe who settled in New England in 1635; William Rofe, who arrived in Barbados in 1635.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roof (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roof (post 1700)



  • Raymond Roof Jr., American politician, Burgess of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 1960
  • R. F. Roof, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1960
  • Philip F. Roof, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Yates County, 1934
  • Lyle T. Roof, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 15th District, 1958, 1960
  • John Roof, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1802-03
  • Fred O. Roof, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1916
  • Albert K. Roof (1841-1917), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Ionia County 1st District, 1871-72; Member of Michigan State Senate 19th District, 1887-88
  • Adam L. Roof (1810-1885), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Ionia District, 1845; Member of Michigan State Senate 7th District, 1849-50

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Roof Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roof 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 December 2016 at 08:08.

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