Rove is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Rove comes from the Norman given name Rudolph.
Early Origins of the Rove family
The surname Rove was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from early times, soon after the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Rove family
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Rove Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Roalph, Roff, Ruff, Rouf and others.
Early Notables of the Rove family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rove family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Rove or a variant listed above were: James Rolfe and his wife Elizabeth Rolfe, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 with their son; Barbary Rofe who settled in New England
in 1635; William Rofe, who arrived in Barbados in 1635.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rove (post 1700)
- Karl Rove, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html