Origins of Roll:
It is an ancient English surname which with the addition of 's' as a nickname meaning 'son of'. This name has two possible origins. The first origin is from 11th century Norman-French and the second origin is before the 6th century from a German male name Roul or Rolf. The latter origin of the names lies in the medieval name 'Hrolf’, combine elements of the components "hrod” which mean fame and honor, and "wulf," a wolf. This name considers to brought to England by two independent sources. It was very famous during the invasion of Normans in the year 1066, but perhaps it could have been popularized as well by the earlier Scandanavians known to history as "The Vikings." The surname was first brought in like many others, in the 13th century. Early examples of more recordings are Robert Roll in the Hundred Rolls of Bedfordshire in the year 1279 and Matilda Rolles in the Hundred Rolls of Huntingdonshire for the same year.
More common variations are: Rollo, Rolle, Rolly, Rolla, Roell, Rolli, Rollu, Rholl, Roull, Roill.
The origins of the surname Roll was in Yorkshire where they were undertenants in the dignity of Richmond, declined from the famous Norman family of Rollos of Roullours in Calvados, arrondisement of Dieppe, in Normandy. After a century it arises that William de Rollos, King of Bourne in the division of Lincoln to the South, was also a descendant of this famous family. Richard Rolle was an English spiritual author, Bible translator, and solitary man. He is also known as Richard Rolle of Hampole or de Hampole. He was educated at Oxford University.
Other forms of the name contain Row, Rowes, Rowe, and Rolfes, while according to the later recordings from the chapel records of the city of London contain John Rowles married Agnet Fetherstone in November 1541, at St. Stephen Walbrook, and Mary Roll who was named at St. Andrew's Holborn on April 4 1575. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.
People with the surname Roll settled in the United States in different centuries. Some of the people of Roll family who settled in the United States in the 17th century included Christoph Roll and Jorg William Roll landed in New Jersey and New York in the same year, 1709. Jacob Roll and Johannes Roll would also settle in Pennsylvania in the same year 1754 as well as John Roll, at the age of 22 arrived in Maryland in the year 1774.
The following century saw more people with the Roll surname arrive. People who arrived in the 19th century included Jean-Louis Roll arrived in Pennsylvania in 1830. Heinrich Roll, at the age of 34 in Missouri in the year 1840. Andrew Roll landed in Allegany Division, Pennsylvania in 1846. Ann Maria Roll, at the age of 24 and Catherine, aged 46 landed in New York, NY in the year 1848.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Roll: United States 6,323; England 570; South Africa 530; Brazil 874; Germany 3,967; France 796; Russia 727; Israel 448; Norway 367; Philippines 709.
Alfred Philippe Roll (1846–1919), was a French painter and interior decorator.
Bob Roll (1960), was an American professional cyclist reporter and announcer
Eric Roll (1907–2005), was an academic and professional economist or businessperson, public servant and banker or manager.
Ferdinand Nicolai Roll (1831–1921), was a Norwegian barrister and politics man or lawmaker. He played a major role in the field of politics.
John Roll (1947–2011), was a United States judge.
Michael Roll (1961), was a German television actor and artist.
Michael Roll (1946), was a British pianist.
Michael Roll (1987), was an American basketball player.
Richard Roll (1939), was an American businessman.
Sigurd Roll (1893–1944), was a Norwegian diplomat and sportsman.
Stephan Roll (1904-1974), was a Romanian poetry writer.
William G. Roll (1926), was an American psychologist and parapsychologist.
Thomas Roll (1977), was a retired Danish professional football player.