Rollins

This interesting surname is a patronymic from either of two personal names, the more likely being "Rollo", a Latinized form of the Norman "Rou(l)", equivalent to the medieval English given name "Rolf". The ultimate origin lies in the Germanic "Hrolf", a compound of the Germanic elements "hrod" meaning renown, plus "wulf", a wolf. This was especially popular among Nordic peoples, and seems to have reached England through two channels, pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, and through the Norman influence; the usual French term was "Rau(l)". The second probable origin of the surname Rollin(g)s is from a patronymic from "Rowland", a Norman personal name composed of the Old Germanic elements "hrod", renown and "land", territory. This was popular in Europe during the Middle Ages largely as a result of the fame of Charlemagne's warrior of this name. Many of the Northern English Rollin(g)s, acquired their surname from this source. Variations of this surname include Rollingson, Rollinson, Rollason and Rollerson. An Rollins married Edward Frier, on August 4th 1633, at St. Luke, Chelsea, and Alderman, son of Thomas and Sarah Rollins, was christened on November 12th 1676, at St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Rolins, which was dated 1327, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Rollins — may refer to: * Rollins, Montana * Rollins, Minnesota * Rollins College * Rollins, Inc.* Dennis Rollins, British jazz trombonist * Doug Rollins, Canadian former politician * Ed Rollins, American political strategist * Henry Rollins, born Henry… …   Wikipedia

  • Rollins — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Al Rollins (1926–1996), kanadischer Eishockeyspieler Dennis Rollins (* 1964), britischer Jazzposaunist Edward H. Rollins (1824–1889), US amerikanischer Politiker Henry Rollins (* 1961), US amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Rollins —   [ rəʊlɪnz], Sonny, eigentlich Theodore Walter Rollins, amerikanischer Jazzmusiker (Tenorsaxophon), * New York 7. 9. 1929; spielte u. a. mit führenden Bebopmusikern, 1951 bei M. Davis, 1956 57 im Max Roach Quintett und mit eigenen Combos;… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Rollins — Rollins, MT U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 183 Housing Units (2000): 218 Land area (2000): 2.927616 sq. miles (7.582491 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.927616 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Rollins, MT — U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 183 Housing Units (2000): 218 Land area (2000): 2.927616 sq. miles (7.582491 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.927616 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Rollins — (Theodore Walter, dit Sonny) (né en 1929) saxophoniste de jazz américain …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Rollins — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Rollins peut désigner : Patronyme Rollins est un nom de famille notamment porté par : Al Rollins (1926 1996), ancien joueur de hockey sur glace… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rollins — /ˈroʊlənz/ (say rohluhnz) noun Sonny (Theodore Walter Rollins), born 1930, US jazz saxophonist …   Australian English dictionary

  • Rollins — /rol inz/, n. Theodore Walter ( Sonny ), born 1929, U.S. jazz saxophonist and composer. * * * …   Universalium

  • Rollins — /rol inz/, n. Theodore Walter ( Sonny ), born 1929, U.S. jazz saxophonist and composer …   Useful english dictionary

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