Roslyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Roslyn family

The surname Roslyn was first found in Lincolnshire where the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Rigsby, Rocelin, a Norman noble who held from the Archbishop of York who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Rocelin was descended from Robertus the first settler granted the lands in 1066 by Duke William.

Robertus filius Rozelin, Rotselini is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1] As a forename, Rocelin de Riggesbi was mentioned c. 1150 in Lincolnshire. Later, Thomas Roscelin was found in the Assize Rolls for Gloucestershire in 1221 and later again, John Russelyn was listed in Yorkshire in 1316. In Cambridgeshire, Amycis Roslyn was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [2]

They are thought to be a "branch of the Carlovingian Viscounts of Maine and Beaumont. Roscelin the thin man (Homo Magri) is mentioned in the Norman Exchequer Rolls of 1198. The probable ancestor of the family in England was Rocel filius Osbert, who held five knights' fees of the barony of Hubert de Rie in 1165. William de Roscelyn, with whom the recorded pedigree commences, married the heiress of a Norman family that had held a considerable property in Norfolk from the time of the Conquest, and had taken the name of Edgefield or Edisfield from one of their manors. Sir Thomas, the next heir, in 1265 had free warren in all his demesne lands at Edisfield, Walcote, Norton, Heckingham, Drayton, Tasburgh, and Redlington, in Norfolk; and his son Sir Peter was summoned to parliament among the barons of the realm in 1293." [3]

Early History of the Roslyn family

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Roslyn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rosselin, Roseland, Rosling, Rosslyn, Rusling, Rosling, Roslyn, Roslin, Roskelyn, Rossland, Rosslynd, Roselyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Roslyn family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Roslyn family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Roslyn (post 1700) +

  • Roslyn Regina Gadd (b. 1957), birth name Kate (Katherine) Harvey-Wallis, Australian award winning mezzo classical vocalist, poet, writer and actress
  • Sir Roslyn Foster Bowie Philp (1895-1965), Australian judge on the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Roslyn Norris, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996 [4]
  • Roslyn Klaif, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 [5]
  • Roslyn Clark-Payne, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2000 [6]
  • Roslyn D. Kane, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1961 [7]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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