The name Rosul reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rosul family lived in Shropshire
, at Rossall Manor
, from whence their name is derived. Another derivation places the origin of the name at Rossall Point
, a headland in Lancashire
, just north of Shropshire
. It is difficult to say which of these preceded the other, due to inadequate records of the time. However, due to the relatively close proximity of the two counties, it is quite likely that the two origins are connected in a way lost to the historical record.
Early Origins of the Rosul family
The surname Rosul was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and were Lords of the manor of Rossall, originally named Rosela. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066, the holdings were known as the Isle of Rossall, held by the Church of St. Chad. A junior branch of this name gave its name to Rossall in Lancashire
which was also included in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
but on which the records are now lost.
Early History of the Rosul family
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Rosul Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rosul include Rossal, Rossall, Rossale, Rosal, Rosall, Rosale and many more.
Early Notables of the Rosul family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rosul family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Rosuls to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Rassall, who settled in Maryland in 1739; and Richard Rossall, who applied for naturalization in New York in 1856.