The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought many new words to England
from which surnames were formed. Rouslay was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a person with red hair
which was in turn derived from the Old French nickname le rous,
Another equally valid derivation suggests that the name is a shortened form of the Norman given name Rufus.
Early Origins of the Rouslay family
The surname Rouslay 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
and Cornwall temp.
Henry II. It is from this eminent person that the family of Edmerston and Halton, co. Devon
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Rouslay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rouslay 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 Rouslay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rouslay Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Rous, Rouse, Rowse and others.
Early Notables of the Rouslay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Francis Rous (1579-1659), English hymnist; John Rous (c 1618-1680), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Warwick (1660); Sir Roger Rouse of Gloucestershire; Sir John Rouse (died 1645), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1626; Anthony... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rouslay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rouslay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rouslay or a variant listed above: John Rous, who settled in New England
in 1675; Michael Rous settled in Barbados in 1670; Lawrence, Michael and Stephen Rous settled in Philadelphia in 1738.
The Rouslay 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.