Rothroch is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rothroch 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 Rothroch family
The surname Rothroch 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 Rothroch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rothroch 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 Rothroch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rothroch Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Rotherham, Rotheram, Rothram, Rudrum, Rudderham and others.
Early Notables of the Rothroch 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 Rothroch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rothroch family to Ireland
Some of the Rothroch 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 Rothroch family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Rothroch or a variant listed above: 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)