Rosewall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Rosewall surname is a Cornish habitation name taken on from the place name Ryswal in the parish of Towednack. The place name comes from the Cornish words "res," meaning "ford," and "wall," meaning "a rampart."

Early Origins of the Rosewall family

The surname Rosewall was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor.

Early History of the Rosewall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rosewall research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1327, 1519, 1599, 1619, 1725, 1520, 1588, 1640, 1590, 1656, 1630, 1692, 1679, 1722, 1635, 1684, 1671 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Rosewall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rosewall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rossell, Rosewell, Rosewall, Rosswell and others.

Early Notables of the Rosewall family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was William Rosewell (born about 1520), Solicitor-General to Queen Elizabeth, born in Loxton, Somerset; Richard Rosewell (c.1588-1640) of Dunkerton, gentleman; Sir Henry Rosewell (1590-1656) of Forde Abbey, Devon...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rosewall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Rosewall migration to Australia +

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

Rosewall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Rosewall, (b. 1809), aged 40, Cornish miner from Gwennap, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Duchess of Northum" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th January 1849 [1]
  • Mrs. Mary Rosewall, (b. 1812), aged 37, Cornish settler from Gwennap, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Duchess of Northum" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th January 1849 [1]
  • Miss Mary Rosewall, (b. 1832), aged 17, Cornish nursemaid from Gwennap, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Duchess of Northum" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th January 1849 [1]
  • Miss Elizabeth Rosewall, (b. 1837), aged 12, Cornish settler from Gwennap, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Duchess of Northum" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th January 1849 [1]
  • Mr. James Rosewall, (b. 1841), aged 8, Cornish settler from Gwennap, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Duchess of Northum" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th January 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rosewall (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth Ronald "Ken" Rosewall AM MBE (b. 1934), Australian tennis player, winner of 23 Majors including eight Grand Slam singles titles


  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf


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