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The name Rothwell first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Rothwell, a place-name found in the counties of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The place-name Rothwell is derived from the Old English words roth, which means forest clearing, and wella, which means spring or stream. The place-name as a whole translates as "spring or stream in the summer clearing." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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)
compiled in 1086, each of those places was originally listed as Rodewelle.

Rothwell Early Origins



The surname Rothwell was first found in Lincolnshire where one of the first listings of the family was Robert de Rothewelle who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Later in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls, Johanna de Rothewell and Johannes de Rothewell were listed. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Rothwell Spelling Variations


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Rothwell Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Rothwell has appeared include Rothwell, Rathwell, Rosswell, Rosewell and others.

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Rothwell Early History


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Rothwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rothwell research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1627 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Rothwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rothwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rothwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Richard Rothwell, the exorcist, who was born at Bolton (now in Greater Manchester) in 1563. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
He died in 1627 and was "known as "Bold Rothwell, the Apostle of the North," and famed as an exorcist, who professed to have wonderful contests...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rothwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rothwell In Ireland


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Rothwell In Ireland



Some of the Rothwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Rothwell arrived in North America very early:

Rothwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Rothwell who settled with her husband in New England in 1654
  • Jane Rothwell, who landed in Maryland in 1657
  • William Rothwell, who arrived in Maryland in 1681
  • James and Hesta Rothwell arrived in Pennsylvania in 1685
  • Hester Rothwell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685

Rothwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Rothwell arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • James Rothwell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Rothwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Rothwell, aged 33, a smith, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich"
  • Ann Rothwell, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • Samuel Rothwell, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
  • Sarah Rothwell, aged 30, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rothwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rothwell (post 1700)



  • Gideon Frank Rothwell (1836-1894), U.S. Representative from Missouri
  • Michael Rothwell (b. 1953), American sailor
  • Ben Rothwell (b. 1981), American mixed martial artist
  • Benjamin "Ben" Rothwell Jr. (1902-1979), American boxer
  • Henry Phillip Rothwell (d. 1940), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1932
  • Gideon Frank Rothwell (1836-1894), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri 10th District, 1879-81
  • Fountain Rothwell, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1941
  • Fount Rothwell, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1912
  • Herbert Rothwell (b. 1880), English footballer
  • Walter Henry Rothwell (1872-1927), English conductor
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Rothwell Historic Events


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Rothwell Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Rothwell, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Frederick Rothwell, British Ordinary Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  11. ...

The Rothwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rothwell 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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