Russale is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Russale family lived in Shropshire
, at Rossall Manor
, from whence their name is derived. Another derivation places the origin of the name at Rossall Point
, a headland in Lancashire
, just north of Shropshire
. It is difficult to say which of these preceded the other, due to inadequate records of the time. However, due to the relatively close proximity of the two counties, it is quite likely that the two origins are connected in a way lost to the historical record.
Early Origins of the Russale family
The surname Russale was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and were Lords of the manor of Rossall, originally named Rosela. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066, the holdings were known as the Isle of Rossall, held by the Church of St. Chad. A junior branch of this name gave its name to Rossall in Lancashire
which was also included in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
but on which the records are now lost.
Early History of the Russale family
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Russale Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Rossal, Rossall, Rossale, Rosal, Rosall, Rosale and many more.
Early Notables of the Russale family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Russale family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Russale name or one of its variants: Thomas Rassall, who settled in Maryland in 1739; and Richard Rossall, who applied for naturalization in New York in 1856.