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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.

Rossiter Early Origins



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.

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Rossiter Spelling Variations


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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.

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Rossiter Early History


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Rossiter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rossiter research. Another 365 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1172, 1618, 1645, and 1669 are included under the topic Early Rossiter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rossiter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rossiter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 settled in Nantasket Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edward Rossiter, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Mary Rossiter, who arrived in Maryland in 1673

Rossiter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

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

Rossiter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

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

Rossiter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Rossiter, aged 29, a shoemaker, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag"
  • Samuel Rossiter, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Prudence Rossiter, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Edward Rossiter, aged 40, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Henry Rossiter, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Rossiter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Rossiter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • Mary Rossiter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • William Rossiter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • Elizabeth Rossiter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • Susan Rossiter 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rossiter (post 1700)


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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)
  • 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
  • Henry M. Rossiter, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Guilford; Elected 1906
  • George M. Rossiter, American politician, Mayor of Keene, New Hampshire, 1976-77
  • Francis H. Rossiter, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Guilford; Elected 1930
  • Eleanor Rossiter, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1956
  • Caleb Rossiter, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 31st District, 1998
  • Abel Rossiter, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Guilford, 1826, 1828, 1831, 1833, 1835
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Rossiter Historic Events


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Rossiter Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Charles Rossiter, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 2 September 2016 at 12:20.

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