Roundtree History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Roundtree surname comes from the Middle English word "rown" and the Old English word "tree;" meaning together, a "rowan tree." Thus the first to bear the name likely lived near such a tree. [1]

Early Origins of the Roundtree family

The surname Roundtree was first found in Yorkshire where some of the earliest records of the name include: William Rowentree, Yorkshire who was listed in the Deposition from York Castle; and Ralph Roentree, Yorkshire who was listed in the Remains of Dean Granville. [1] Robert Rountre was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire in 1301. [2]

The famous English confectionery business Rowntree's is based in York and was founded in 1862 by Henry Isaac Rowntree (1837-1883.)

Early History of the Roundtree family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roundtree research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1659, 1683, 1809, 1376 and are included under the topic Early Roundtree History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roundtree Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rowntree, Rountree, Rowantree and others.

Early Notables of the Roundtree family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Roundtree family to Ireland

Some of the Roundtree family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Roundtree migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roundtree Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Roundtree, who arrived in Virginia in 1686
Roundtree Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Roundtree, who settled in America in 1804
  • Charles Roundtree, aged 33, who landed in Delaware in 1812 [3]
  • Owen Roundtree, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [3]
  • Brian, James, John, Peter Roundtree all, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856

New Zealand Roundtree 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:

Roundtree Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Roundtree, (b. 1819), aged 45, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [4]
  • Mrs. Mary Roundtree, (b. 1839), aged 25, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [4]
  • Mr. Walter Roundtree, (b. 1841), aged 23, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [4]
  • Miss Anne Roundtree, (b. 1845), aged 19, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [4]
  • Mr. John Roundtree, (b. 1849), aged 15, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Roundtree (post 1700) +

  • Dovey Johnson Roundtree (1914-2018), African-American civil rights and criminal defense lawyer
  • Luther 'Red' Roundtree (1905-1990), American plectrum banjo player, co-founder of The Banjo Kings in 1951
  • Raleigh Roundtree (b. 1975), American former NFL and CFL football offensive guard who played from 1997 to 2007
  • Danielle Roundtree, American singer, actress, model, fashion designer, Miss New York USA 2008
  • Shay Roundtree, American actor
  • Saudia Roundtree (b. 1976), American bronze medalist women's basketball coach, and former star player, member of the 1995 Jones Cup Team
  • Roy Randolph Roundtree (b. 1989), American football wide receiver
  • Richard Roundtree (b. 1942), American actor best known for his portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the film Shaft (1971) and its sequels
  • Martha Roundtree (1911-1999), American pioneering broadcast journalist
  • William Roundtree, American politician, Workers World Candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1990; Workers World Candidate for Michigan State Board of Education, 1992 [5]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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