The name Rousley is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone 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 Rousley family
The surname Rousley 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 Rousley family
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Rousley 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 Rousley 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 Rousley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rousley family to the New World and Oceana
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 Rousley 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 Rousley 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.