Rossendale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rossendale is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Rosindale near Clitheroe in the county of Lancashire. The surname was originally derived from two elements, rosen meaning roses and dahl referring to a valley. In this case the original bearers of the surname lived in a valley full of roses.

Early Origins of the Rossendale family

The surname Rossendale was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Rossendale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rossendale research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1250 is included under the topic Early Rossendale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rossendale Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Rossendale are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Rossendale include: Rosindale, Rosendale, Rosedale, Rosedell, Rosdell and many more.

Early Notables of the Rossendale family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Rossendale family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Rossendale or a variant listed above: Samuel Rosdail who settled in New York State with his wife and four children in 1825; Thomas Rosdell settled in Virginia in 1635; Frederick and Maria Rosendal arrived in Philadelphia in 1806.



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