Early Origins of the Rooklay family
The surname Rooklay was first found in Yorkshire
where the name was derived from the name Rockholt which was derived from the Old English "hroc" meaning rook and "holt" meaning wood CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
There are early references to the name in Wiltshire, but these have been lost through the ages. Worsbrough in the West Riding of Yorkshire was an ancient family seat. "Rockley Hall, now a farmhouse, was the seat of the family of Rockley, of whom Sir Simon Rockley founded the chapel in 1300." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Rooklay family
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Rooklay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rockley, Roclay, Rokeley, Rokley, Rocley, Rookley, Rooclay, Roockley, Rockerly, Rokerly, Rokerley, Ruckley, Rukeley and many more.
Early Notables of the Rooklay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rooklay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
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- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.