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The Welsh name Rosser is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Rosser, which also took the form Rhosier. The surname Rosser was originally ap-Rosser or ap-Rhosier: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ab" or "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time. There has also been suggestion that the name is a Welsh transformation of the Gaelic name "Mac Ruaidhri."

Rosser Early Origins



The surname Rosser was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. The form Rosser was found in Chancery, where a Morres Rosser was recorded in Wales in 1100, in the "Calendar of Proceedings in Chancery" published during the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th century.

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Rosser Spelling Variations


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Rosser Spelling Variations



Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Rosser has seen various spelling variations: Prosser, Prousser, Proser, Prouser, Prossar, Rosser, Roser, Rossear and many more.

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Rosser Early History


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Rosser Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rosser research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1237 are included under the topic Early Rosser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rosser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rosser Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rosser 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



The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Rosser:

Rosser Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Rosser, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Eliz Rosser, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Mary Rosser, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Rosser, who arrived in Virginia in 1660 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Hugh Rosser, who setted in Maryland in 1665
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rosser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Rosser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Rosser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pedro Rosser, aged 50, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Richard Rosser, who arrived in St Clair County, III in 1862 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Rosser Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Rosser, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Aden from London via Plymouth Adealide Arriving September 12th 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AdenRegister.htm
  • J. Rosser, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849ChildeHarold.htm

Rosser Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Rosser, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Frederick E. Rosser, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • John Rosser, aged 41, a builder, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • Jane Rosser, aged 41, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • Arthur Rosser, aged 8, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rosser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rosser (post 1700)



  • Yvette Rosser (b. 1952), American author and scholar
  • John Barkley Rosser (1907-1989), American mathematician
  • J. Allyn Rosser (b. 1957), American poet
  • John B. Rosser, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1921
  • James Ralph Rosser, American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Walker County, 1926, 1929-32; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1928
  • J. C. Rosser, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 4th District, 1906
  • Everett A. Rosser, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940, 1956
  • E. E. Rosser Jr., American politician, Mayor of Bellevue, Nebraska, 1932-36
  • David M. Rosser, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912
  • Ann Rosser, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Rosser


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Suggested Readings for the name Rosser



  • The Descendants of Benjamin Rosser (1814-1864) and Sarah Griffiths (1820-1895) by John C. Rosser.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Aden from London via Plymouth Adealide Arriving September 12th 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AdenRegister.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849ChildeHarold.htm

Other References

  1. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  2. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
  11. ...

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