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The name Rough arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Rough comes from the Norman given name Rudolph.

Rough Early Origins



The surname Rough was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times, soon after the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

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Rough Spelling Variations


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Rough Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Roalph, Roff, Ruff, Rouf and others.

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Rough Early History


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Rough Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rough research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1297, and 1332 are included under the topic Early Rough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rough Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rough Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rough Notables 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



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rough or a variant listed above:

Rough Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jerick Rough, aged 43, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • John Jurich Rough, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740

Rough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Rough, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Euphemia Rough, aged 23, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

Rough Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Rough arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1859
  • D. Rough arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rough (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rough (post 1700)



  • William Campbell Rough, Scottish screenplay writer, stage and film director

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    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The Rough Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rough 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 November 2014 at 16:33.

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