Today's generation of the Rotherhan family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rotherhan 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," 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
was named Rodreham 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)
Early Origins of the Rotherhan family
The surname Rotherhan 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.
Early History of the Rotherhan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rotherhan research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1423, 1500, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1772, 1610, 1907, 1694, 1752, 1630, 1696, 1630, 1648 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Rotherhan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rotherhan 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 Rotherhan include Rotherham, Rotheram, Rothram, Rudrum, Rudderham and others.
Early Notables of the Rotherhan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Caleb Rotheram (1694-1752), English dissenting minister and tutor, born at Great Salkeld, Cumberland
. Sir John Rotheram (1630-1696), was an English lawyer, son of Thomas Atwood Rotherham, vicar of Pirton, Hertfordshire
, and of Boreham, Essex... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rotherhan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rotherhan family to Ireland
Some of the Rotherhan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rotherhan 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 Rotherhans to arrive on North American shores: John Rotherham who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855; followed by George and William Rotherham in 1856; and John Rotherham in 1857.
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)