Roughton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Roughton family

The surname Roughton was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. Roughton is a village and civil parish in Lincolnshire and Norfolk. Albert Einstein was brought to live in a small hut on Roughton Heath, Norfolk after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1933. A parish, in the union of Erpingham, hundred of North Erpingham in Norfolk is also named Roughton.

Early History of the Roughton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roughton research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1111, 1139, 1181, 1443, 1565, 1455, 1487, 1487, 1544, 1574, 1618 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Roughton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roughton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wroughton, Wrowton, Wroeton, Wrorton, Wroreton, Rorton, Roughton, Wrowton and many more.

Early Notables of the Roughton family (pre 1700)

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


United States Roughton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roughton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Roughton, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [1]

Australia Roughton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Roughton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Roughton, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" [2]
  • George Roughton, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [2]

New Zealand Roughton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Roughton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Gervas Roughton, aged 14, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Roughton (post 1700) +

  • Harvey Roughton, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Washington County, 1939-46, 1955-56 [3]
  • Julian Roughton, English Chief Executive of Suffolk Wildlife Trust
  • William George Roughton (1909-1989), English professional footballer


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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