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Rossiter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Ireland already had an established system of hereditary surnames when the Strongbownians arrived. Often the two traditions blended together quite well due to some of their basic similarities, but the incoming Anglo-Norman system brought in some forms that were uncommon amongst the Irish. One of these Anglo-Norman anomalies was the prevalence of local surnames, such as Rossiter. Local names were taken from the names of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. Originally, the place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname if the place name began with a vowel or was eliminated entirely. The local surnames of these Strongbownian invaders referred to places in Normandy, or more typically England, but eventually for those Anglo- Normans that remained in Ireland, the nicknames referred to places or geographical features of the island: they became true local names. The Rossiter family appears to have originally lived in Wroxeter in the English county of Shropshire, or in Rochester in the English county of Kent. The surname Rossiter belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The Gaelic form of the surname Rossiter is Rosaitear.


Early Origins of the Rossiter family


The surname Rossiter was first found in County Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they had been granted lands by Strongbow for their assistance in the Anglo/ Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172.

Early History of the Rossiter family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rossiter research.
Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1172, 1575, 1623, 1601, 1618, 1669 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Rossiter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rossiter Spelling Variations


A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Rossiter has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations over the years. A few of its variants include: Rossiter, Rossitor, Rosseter, Rossetor, Roucester, Rosceter, Roscetor, Rawceter, Rosay, Rawciter, Rowsitter, Rausiter, Rassitor, Rowseter, Russiter, Russeter and many more.

Early Notables of the Rossiter family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family up to this time was Philip Rosseter (1575-1623), lutenist and stage-manager. "In 1601 he published 'A Booke of Ayres, set foorth to the Lute, Orpherian, and Basse Violl,' containing twenty-one songs by Dr...
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rossiter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Rossiter family to the New World and Oceana


In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Rossiter:

Rossiter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Brian, Edward, Hugh, James Rossiter all, who settled in Nantasket Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edward Rossiter, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 [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 Rossiter, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [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)

Rossiter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Rossiter, who settled in New England with her husband in 1773

Rossiter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Rossiter, aged 24, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [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)
  • John Rossiter, aged 22, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [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)
  • Lawrence and Mary Rossiter, who arrived in New York in 1853

Rossiter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ms. Mary Rossiter, aged 36 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Covenanter" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 54)

Rossiter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Rossiter, aged 29, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STAG 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stag.htm
  • Samuel Rossiter, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 18th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1854.shtml
  • Prudence Rossiter, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 18th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1854.shtml
  • Mr. Walter Rossiter, (b. 1826), aged 28, Cornish carpenter, from Truro, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lady Ann" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 29th September 1854 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  • Mr. Edward Rossiter, (b. 1835), aged 20, Cornish farm labourer, from Truro, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Rajastan" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th January 1855 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rossiter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Rossiter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • Mary Rossiter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • William Rossiter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • Elizabeth Rossiter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • Susan Rossiter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rossiter (post 1700)


  • Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1817-1871), American portrait and historical painter
  • Margaret W. Rossiter, American historian of science at Cornell University
  • James Patrick Rossiter (1890-1943), American politician, 36th Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania (1932-1936)
  • Clinton Rossiter (1917-1970), American historian and political scientist who taught at Cornell University, awarded the Bancroft Prize and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award
  • James Patrick Rossiter (1890-1943), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924; Candidate for Superior Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1928; Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1932-36 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Henry M. Rossiter, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Guilford; Elected 1906 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • George M. Rossiter, American politician, Mayor of Keene, New Hampshire, 1976-77 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Francis H. Rossiter, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Guilford; Elected 1930 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Eleanor Rossiter, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1956 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Caleb Rossiter, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 31st District, 1998 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Rossiter family



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Charles Rossiter, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Laurence Rossiter, Irish Fireman from Wexford, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 54)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STAG 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stag.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 18th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1854.shtml
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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