Origin of the Name Roundtree
The ancient history of the name Roundtree
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Roundtree
include Rowan, Round, Rowntree, Rountree and Roantree. This is a locality name meaning 'at the rowan' from a residence beside or near a rowan tree. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Christopher Rowantree who was baptised at the Church of St. James, Clerkenwell, in 1687. A Thomas Round and Mary Wallis who recorded as having been married at the Church of St. George, Hanover Square, in the year 1799. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland these names are often found in Ulster Province where they were introduced by settlers from England and Scotland during the seventeenth century. In modern times the name is mostly found in Counties Cavan and Armagh. A very early Oriel record of the name dates to 1376.
The Roundtree coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Roundtree descendants.