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The Rosevear history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Rosevear history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Rosevear family originally lived at Rosewarne estate in Camborne in the county of Cornwall which had anciently owners of the same name, who held the estates until the reign of James I., when De Rosewarne sold it to Ezekiel Grosse, gentleman and attorney at law. According to legend, a ghost pointed out to him a great treasure in the mansion (hidden there doubtless by one of the Rosewarnes) which he appropriated; but the "phantom" so haunted him, that he sold it to his clerk, John Call. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Rosevear Early Origins



The surname Rosevear was first found in Cornwall at Rosewarne, now a hamlet north of Camborne. The family resided at Rosowhorne Kaye or Key from ancient times.

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Rosevear Spelling Variations


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Rosevear Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and 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 of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Rosewaren, Rosewarren, Rosewarn, Rosewarne, Rosewarran, Rossewarn, Rosowhorne, Rosewhorne and many more.

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Rosevear Early History


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Rosevear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rosevear research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rosevear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rosevear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rosevear Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early records show that people bearing the name Rosevear arrived in North America quite early:

Rosevear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. Rosevear, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1896
  • A. L. Rosevear, aged 27, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1897
  • Thomas Rosevear, aged 62, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897

Rosevear Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Rosevear, aged 5, who settled in America from Millom, in 1902
  • Arthur Rosevear, aged 40, who emigrated to America from Camborne, England, in 1905
  • Charles Rosevear, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from Camborne, Cornwall, in 1905
  • Alice Rosevear, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Poole, England, in 1907
  • Henry Rosevear, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Cornwall, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rosevear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rosevear (post 1700)



  • William B. Rosevear Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1932
  • Stanley Wallace Rosevear DSC & Bar (1896-1918), Canadian First World War flying ace credited with 25 victories
  • Craig "Rosie" Gary Rosevear, Australian drummer for The Screaming Jets, nominee for the Archibald Prize (2009)
  • John Rosevear (1881-1875), Canadian politician who represented Durham East in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (1875 to 1881)
  • John Solomon "Sol" Rosevear (1892-1953), Australian politician, Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives (1943 to 1949)

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Rosevear Historic Events


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Rosevear Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Geoffrey Rosevear (1911-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Bondi, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Lance Rosevear (1916-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Scottsdale, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

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