Origins Available: Irish
already had an established system of hereditary surnames
when the Strongbownians arrived. Often the two traditions blended together quite well due to some of their basic similarities, but the incoming Anglo-Norman system brought in some forms that were uncommon amongst the Irish. One of these Anglo-Norman anomalies was the prevalence of local
surnames, such as Rosay. Local
names were taken from the names of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. Originally, the place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname if the place name began with a vowel or was eliminated entirely. The local surnames of these Strongbownian invaders referred to places in Normandy
, or more typically England
, but eventually for those Anglo- Normans
that remained in Ireland
, the nicknames referred to places or geographical features of the island: they became true local names. The Rosay family appears to have originally lived in Wroxeter in the English county of Shropshire
, or in Rochester in the English county of Kent
. The surname Rosay belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The Gaelic form of the surname Rosay is Rosaitear.
Early Origins of the Rosay family
The surname Rosay was first found in County Wexford
(Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings
as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland
, in the province of Leinster
, where they had been granted lands by Strongbow
for their assistance in the Anglo/ Norman invasion
Early History of the Rosay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rosay research.Another 365 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1172, 1618, 1645, and 1669 are included under the topic Early Rosay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rosay Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Rosay revealed many spelling variations
including Rossiter, Rossitor, Rosseter, Rossetor, Roucester, Rosceter, Roscetor, Rawceter, Rosay, Rawciter, Rowsitter, Rausiter, Rassitor, Rowseter, Russiter, Russeter and many more.
Early Notables of the Rosay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rosay family to the New World and Oceana
experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families
. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Rosay: John Rosseter settled in Philadelphia in 1802; Elizabeth Rossiter settled in New England
with her husband in 1773; E. Rossetor arrived in San Francisco in 1850.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rosay (post 1700)
- Jacques Rosay (1949-2015), French Vice President Chief Test Pilot of the aircraft manufacturer Airbus