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The name Rotherham arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Rotherham family lived in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Rotherham, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the north division of the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill. The place name literally means "homestead or village on the River Rother," [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"The town was formerly celebrated for its manufacture of edge tools; and in 1160, there were mines of ironstone, smelting-furnaces, and forges in the neighbourhood." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The local was named Rodreham in the Domesday Book. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


Rotherham Early Origins



The surname Rotherham was first found in Yorkshire where they were Lords of the Manor of Rotherham. Conjecturally they are descended from the Count of Mortain who held the lands and village of Rotherham at the taking of the Domesday Book in the year 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England. The hamlet of Rotherham consisted mainly of one single Church.

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Rotherham Spelling Variations


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Rotherham Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Rotherham, Rotheram, Rothram, Rudrum, Rudderham and others.

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Rotherham Early History


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Rotherham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rotherham research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1423, 1500, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1772, 1610 and 1907 are included under the topic Early Rotherham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rotherham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rotherham Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rotherham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rotherham In Ireland


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Rotherham In Ireland



Some of the Rotherham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Rotherham or a variant listed above were:

Rotherham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Rotherham who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • George and William Rotherham settled in Philadelphia in 1856
  • John Rotherham settled in Philadelphia in 1857

Rotherham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Rotherham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Flora" in 1851

Rotherham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mark Rotherham, aged 27, a brickmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Mary Rotherham, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Emma Rotherham, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Thomas Rotherham, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Emily B. Rotherham, aged 32, a cook, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rotherham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rotherham (post 1700)



  • John Rotherham, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1912; Postmaster at Jersey City, New Jersey, 1923-31
  • Hugh Rotherham (1861-1939), English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Warwickshire (1884-1903)
  • Gerard Alexander Rotherham (1899-1985), English first-class cricketer for Cambridge University and Warwickshire and later for Wellington in New Zealand, nephew of Hugh Rotherham
  • Arthur Rotherham (1869-1946), English rugby union scrum-half, member of the first official British Isles tour and was later capped for the England team
  • Alan Rotherham (1862-1898), English rugby union player who represented England from 1882 to 1887, inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in 2011
  • Roland Rotherham, British writer who specializes in medieval legends and lore, especially those related to King Arthur, Merlin and Glastonbury, member of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
  • Joseph Bryant Rotherham (1828-1910), British biblical scholar and minister of the Churches of Christ
  • Leonard Rotherham Rotherham, Vice-Chancellor Bath University
  • Air Vice Marshall John Kevitt Rotherham Rotherham, Director-General (Engineering), RAF retired

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Rotherham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rotherham 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.

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