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Where did the English Roselle family come from? What is the English Roselle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Roselle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Roselle family history?

The surname Roselle was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is derived from the Old French "Roc-el," a diminutive of "Rosce," which is itself derived from the Old French "rous," meaning "red." It is likely that the name was first bestowed as a nickname on someone with red hair or a red complexion.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rossell, Rossel, Rosel, Rosell, Rozel, Rozell and many more.

First found in Lancashire at Rossall, near Fleetwood. The village dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Rushdale. The first record of the surname was Huges de Rozel. He was one of the benefactors of the Abbey of St. Etienne at Caen, founded by William the Conquerer. It was also borne by Patriz Rozel, a Knight Templar, in 1185.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roselle research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1195, 1214, 1740 and 1871 are included under the topic Early Roselle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roselle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Rossell, who immigrated to Virginia in 1652; George Rossell, who came to Maryland in 1659; Francis Rossel, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1683.

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The Roselle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roselle 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.

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