Roose History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished surname Roose is derived from the Middle High German word "rose," meaning "a rose." The name may have been first borne by someone who lived near a rose garden, or by someone who lived in a house bearing the sign of the rose. Alternatively, the name may be of nickname origin, referring to someone with a "rosy" complexion. The surname is common in many European countries, including England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, as well as Germany, and can be found under a large number of spelling variations.

Early Origins of the Roose family

The surname Roose was first found in Silesia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently during the Middle Ages; there are records dating from the 13th documenting the presence of the name Roose in Schleswig-Holstein, Pomerania, Alsace, Swabia, and Bohemia, as well as Silesia.

Early History of the Roose family

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Roose Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rose, Rosse, Rhose, Roese, Roser, Roeser, Roze, Roos, Roose, Roosa, Roosen and many more.

Early Notables of the Roose family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Roose were Johann Heinrich Roos (1631-1685), a German Baroque era landscape painter and etcher; Valentine Rose the elder (1736-1771) was the discoverer of "Rose's fusible metal." His son, Valentine Rose the younger (b.1762-1807), also made...
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Roose Ranking

In the United States, the name Roose is the 15,061st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Roose migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roose Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Roose, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [2]
Roose Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Godefroid Roose, who landed in America in 1777-1783 [2]

Canada Roose migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roose Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Franz Roose, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
Roose Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mr. John Roose, (b. 1880), aged 23, Cornish farmer, from Camelford, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 16th May 1903 en route to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada [3]

Australia Roose migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Roose Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Roose, (Smith), English convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

New Zealand Roose migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Roose Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John B. Roose, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [5]
  • Mr. Richard Roose, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [5]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Roose, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [5]
  • Mr. Elijah Roose, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [5]
  • Miss Ann M. Roose, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Roose (post 1700) +

  • Charles Roose, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1888 [6]
  • Count Philippe de Pret Roose de Carlsberg (1908-1983), Belgian bobsledder who competed at the 1936 Winter Olympics
  • Jonathan Roose (1733-1815), Welsh mining supervisor from Amlwch, who’s men first rediscovered ore in large quantities on 2nd March 1768. He divided his men up into a number of crews and set each to work digging in an area close to a stream. He worked the mine for many years [7]
  • Caesar Roose (1886-1967), New Zealand ship owner, flax and timber miller and businessman
  • Leigh Richmond "Dick" Roose MM (1877-1916), Welsh international footballer
  • Reverend Stephen Roose Hughes (1815-1862), Welsh Rector of Llanallgo church on Anglesey, he assisted in the rescue of survivors in the wreck of the Royal Charter nearby in October 1859, Charles Dickens came to interview him months after the tragedy and recorded it in his book The Uncommercial Traveller [8]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ http://parysmountain.co.uk/roose/
  8. ^ https://www.peoplescollection.wales/items/44468


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