Origins Available: Italian
The surname Rossey 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 Rossey family lived in Normandy
at the village of Rosay.
Early Origins of the Rossey family
The surname Rossey 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.
Early History of the Rossey family
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Rossey Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rossi, Rossie, Rossei, Rossy, Rossey, Rosse and others.
Early Notables of the Rossey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rossey family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alex Rosse who settled in Virginia in 1650; David Rosse settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1652; Henry Rosse settled in Bermuda in 1635; Thomas and Rebecca Rosse settled with their two sons in Virginia in 1623.