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The Rouse surname, of Norman ancestry, was a name given to a person with red hair which was in turn derived from the Old French nickname le rous, meaning redhead. Another equally valid derivation suggests that the name is a shortened form of the Norman given name Rufus.

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The surname Rouse was first found in Devon. The first on record was Radulphus le Rufus, a knight in the train of William the Conqueror who became one of the Justices Itinerant of the counties of Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall temp. Henry II. It is from this eminent person that the family of Edmerston and Halton, co. Devon descend. [1] However, some of the family were found at early time further north at Mearly in Lancashire. "The chief part of the township was granted by Jordan le Rous to Stephen, afterwards called de Merley, whose daughter married Adam de Nowell, and carried the Hall and manor into that family, 38th of Edward III." [2]

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Rous, Rouse, Rowse and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rouse research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1670, 1656, 1730, 1776, 1731, 1579, 1659, 1618, 1680, 1660, 1645, 1626, 1605, 1677, 1653, 1660, 1608, 1676, 1654, 1660 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Rouse History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 187 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rouse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Rouse or a variant listed above:

Rouse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Rouse settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Faithful Rouse, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1644
  • Walter Rouse, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • William Rouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • James Rouse settled in Virginia in 1653


Rouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Margt Rouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Henry Rouse, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Jacob Rouse, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Clara Rouse, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Edward Rouse, who landed in Virginia in 1735


Rouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Philip Rouse, who landed in New York in 1831

Rouse Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Rouse, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. David Rouse U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. George Rouse U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Rouse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Edward Rouse, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charles Rouse arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Platina" in 1839
  • John Rouse, aged 40, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • Mary Rouse, aged 36, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • William Wilcox Rouse, aged 15, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851


Rouse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Frederick Rouse, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874

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  • Arthur Blythe Rouse (1874-1956), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky Democratic State Executive Committee, 1903-10; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 6th District, 1911-27
  • Arthur Kitchell Rouse (1910-1991), American Republican politician, Chair of Charlevoix County Republican Party, 1950; Member of Michigan State Board of Agriculture, 1954-59; Defeated, 1959
  • Bea Rouse, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Casper Mead Rouse, American politician, Member of New York State Senate Western District, 1811-15
  • Charles F. Rouse, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 1945-46
  • Eliene W. Rouse (1918-1999), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1964
  • George L. Rouse, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County 2nd District, 1863
  • J. A. Rouse, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1912
  • John Rouse, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1964
  • John A. Rouse, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Mississippi 1st District, 1996, 1998

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  • Rouse Hill House and the Rouses by Caroline Rouse Thornt.
  • , Rouse, Stevens, Ancestry and Allied Famili.
  • by Dolly Bottens.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vescitur Christo
Motto Translation: He feeds on Christ.

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  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Rouse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rouse 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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