Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Roskinner family originally lived in Cornwall, the manor of Reskymer, near Helston.
Early Origins of the Roskinner family
Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Reskymer in Mawgan near Helston in that shire. It is said that by the mid 16th century fourteen generations of the family had been resident at Reskymer, placing their origin about the year 1100, soon after the Norman Conquest of England at Hastings.
Early History of the Roskinner family
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Roskinner 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 Reskinner, Reskymer, Reskiner, Roskymer, Roskinner, Reskimer and many more.
Early Notables of the Roskinner family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Roskinner family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Roskinner: Adam Roskimer who landed in North America in 1710.
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