The name Rotchell was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rotchell family lived in either of two locations, one in Buckinghamshire
, and one in Somerset
. The places were originally called Rockholt,
from the elements hroc,
However, another source claims the name was derived from a "dweller at, or near, the stony spring or stream." CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Rotchell family
The surname Rotchell was first found in either Buckinghamshire
where this surname was originally a habitation surname. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Today, Rockwell Green is a village near Wellington, in the Taunton Deane district of Somerset
and Rockwell End is a hamlet in Buckinghamshire
which has been used as a film location for two of the Midsomer Murders series.
Early History of the Rotchell family
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Rotchell Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Rotchell have been found, including Rockwell, Rokelle, Rockewell, Rokele, Rokewell and others.
Early Notables of the Rotchell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rotchell family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Rotchell were among those contributors: William, Susannah, Ruth and John Rockwell settled in Nantasket in 1630; Thomas Rockwell settled in Virginia in 1637 along with Mary; Edward Rockwell arrived in San Francisco in 1850.