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The surname Rosse is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. In Scotland, the island of Rousay is located on the Orkney Islands and dates back to Neolithic times. The island's spelling evolved from "Rollesay" in the 14th century and "Rowsay" in the 16th century. But before migrating to Scotland, the Rosse family lived in Normandy at the village of Rosay.

Rosse Early Origins



The surname Rosse was first found in Norfolk, where they were Lords of the Manor of Waterden and West Rudham where Lambert de Rossei was an under tenant to Earl Warren. They were originally from Rosay, Seine-Inf, arrondisement of Dieppe, in the canton of Bellencombre. Descended was Lambert's son, Walkelin who held Castle Acres, and then succeeded by Ralph de Rosei about 1270. They seemingly moved north to Fife where they were granted the lands of Rossie near Montrose.

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Rosse Spelling Variations


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Rosse Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Rossi, Rossie, Rossei, Rossy, Rossey, Rosse and others.

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Rosse Early History


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Rosse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rosse research. Another 363 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1245, and 1296 are included under the topic Early Rosse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rosse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rosse Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rosse 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rosse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas and Rebecca Rosse settled with their two sons in Virginia in 1623
  • Henry Rosse settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Henry Rosse, aged 31, landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • James Rosse, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • James Rosse settled in Virginia in 1642
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rosse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Margaret Rosse, aged 10, landed in New York in 1711
  • Catherine Rosse settled in Maryland in 1718
  • Frans Rosse immigrated to Philadelphia in 1753
  • Thomas Rosse settled in Maryland in 1775

Rosse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Rosse, who arrived in Mississippi in 1845
  • Eva Rosse, who arrived in America in 1849

Rosse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Wiliam Rosse, aged 16, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rosse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rosse (post 1700)



  • James M. Rosse (b. 1885), American politician, U.S. Consul in Three Rivers, 1885-89; U.S. Commercial Agent (Consul) in Three Rivers, 1893; Chaudière JCT, 1898
  • Florence L. Rosse, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1996, 2000
  • William Parsons Rosse (1800-1867), Irish astronomer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    11. ...

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