Rouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Rouse family

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]

"Rouse or Rowse is the name of an ancient Cornish family of Halton. Antony Rouse or Rowse, of Halton, was High Sheriff in the reign of Elizabeth. " [2]

"The manor of Helston, which was always considered as belonging to the dutchy, was alienated during the usurpation of Cromwell, when it was sold to Anthony Rowse; but on the restoration of the Stuarts, it returned again into its original channel. This manor was sold in the year 1798, under the Land-tax redemption act, to John Rogers, Esq. of Penrose, who is the present proprietor." [3]

Some of the family were also 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." [4]

And still farther north, Rousay and Eagleshay is a parish, in the North Isles of the county of Orkney, Scotland. [5]

By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the popularity of the name was evident. That rolls included: Alexander le Rous, Cambridgeshire; Juliana la Rouse, Oxfordshire; Alicia Rouze, Cambridgeshire; John le Rus, Lincolnshire; Gilbert Russ, Lincolnshire; and Lucia la Russe, Oxfordshire. [6]

Early History of the Rouse family

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Rouse Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Rouse family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Rous or Ross (c. 1411-1491), the English antiquary of Warwick, born at Warwick about 1411, was son of Geoffrey Rous, a descendant of the Rowses or Rouses of Brinkelow, Warwickshire; John Russe or Rouse (1574-1652), Bodley's librarian, born in Northamptonshire, Fellow of Oriel College in 1600; Francis Rous (1579-1659), English hymnist, fourth son of Sir Anthony Rous of Halton St. Dominick, Cornwall; John Rous (c 1618-1680), an English politician, Member of...
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United States Rouse migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Faithful Rouse, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1644 [7]
  • Walter Rouse, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [7]
  • William Rouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [7]
  • James Rouse, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Rouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Rouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [7]
  • Henry Rouse, who landed in Virginia in 1716 [7]
  • Jacob Rouse, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [7]
  • Clara Rouse, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [7]
  • Edward Rouse, who landed in Virginia in 1735 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Rouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Philip Rouse, who landed in New York in 1831 [7]

Canada Rouse migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [8]
  • Mr. George Rouse U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [8]

Australia Rouse migration to Australia +

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

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 [9]
  • Charles Rouse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Platina" in 1839 [10]
  • Miss. Catherine Rouse, British Convict who was convicted in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 9th March 1847, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • John Rouse, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [12]
  • John Rouse, aged 40, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851 [12]
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New Zealand Rouse 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:

Rouse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Rev. William Rouse, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Kingston" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 29th December 1858 [13]
  • Mr. John Rouse, (b. 1824), aged 33, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [14]
  • Mrs. Ann Rouse, (b. 1828), aged 29, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [14]
  • Ms. Rouse, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bahia" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 7th December 1863 [13]
  • Miss Eliza Rouse, (b. 1843), aged 22, British miliner travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 1st January 1866 [13]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rouse (post 1700) +

  • James Wilson Rouse (1914-1996), American activist and philanthropist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Curtis Lamar Rouse (1960-2013), American NFL football player
  • Jeffrey Norman "Jeff" Rouse (b. 1970), American Olympic Gold Medalist and former World Record swimmer
  • Russell Rouse (1913-1987), Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, director, and producer
  • Mikel Rouse (b. 1957), American composer
  • Josh Rouse (b. 1972), American singer-songwriter
  • Irving Rouse, American anthropologist
  • Christopher Russell Rouse (b. 1958), Academy Award-winning American film editor
  • Christopher Rouse (b. 1949), American composer
  • Charlie Rouse (1924-1988), American jazz saxophonist
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Peter Rouse (1923-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Richard Henry Rouse (d. 1912), aged 50, English Third Class passenger from Sittingbourne, Kent who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [16]


The Rouse Motto +

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.


Suggested Readings for the name Rouse +

  • 1238 Rouse Hill House and the Rouses by Caroline Rouse Thornton, Rouse, Stevens, Ancestry and Allied Families by Dolly Bottens.

  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLATINA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Platina.htm
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1847
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Ascendant.htm
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  16. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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