The ancient and distinguished surname Rozema is derived from the Middle High German word "rose," meaning "a rose." The name may have been first borne by someone who lived near a rose garden, or by someone who lived in a house bearing the sign of the rose. Alternatively, the name may be of nickname
origin, referring to someone with a "rosy" complexion. The surname is common in many European countries, including England
, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands
, as well as Germany
, and can be found under a large number of spelling variations.
Early Origins of the Rozema family
The surname Rozema was first found in Silesia
, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently during the Middle Ages; there are records dating from the 13th documenting the presence of the name Rozema in Schleswig-Holstein, Pomerania, Alsace, Swabia, and Bohemia, as well as Silesia.
Early History of the Rozema family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rozema research.Another 385 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1581, 1639, 1579, 1631, 1685, 1736, 1771, 1762, 1807, 1795, 1864, 1798 and 1873 are included under the topic Early Rozema History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rozema Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rose, Rosse, Rhose, Roese, Roser, Roeser, Roze, Roos, Roose, Roosa, Roosen and many more.
Early Notables of the Rozema family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the surname Rozema were Johann Heinrich Roos (1631-1685), a German Baroque era landscape painter and etcher; Valentine Rose the elder (1736-1771) was the discoverer of "Rose's fusible metal." His son, Valentine Rose the younger (b.1762-1807), also made... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rozema Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rozema family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thormut Rose, who sailed to New England
in 1651; Peter and Johanna Rose, who sailed to New York in 1708; Peter Rodolf Rose, who came to Georgia in 1734.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rozema (post 1700)
- Irene Rozema, West German silver medalist sprint canoer at the 1966 World Championships
- Sander Rozema (b. 1987), Dutch professional footballer
- Mischa Rozema (b. 1971), Dutch film and commercials director, co-founder of Dutch film company, PostPanic
- Patricia Rozema (b. 1958), Canadian film director, writer and producer