There  are over 700 Rollisons and related families in the family tree. You can view the tree via the Quick Access button opposite.

We have only recently come to realise that a significant part of our heritage lies in  the West Midlands - Staffordshire/Worcestershire/Warwickshire. Stourbridge is a  particular focal point. There appear to be a large number of relatives in this area that  we did not know about, largely as the result of most of the associated records being  written as Rollason not Rollison.

Variants: Rollinson, Rolison Rolinson, Rolason, Rollason, Rollandson,Rowlandson,  Rowlanson,Rollingson

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William  Roulandson, which was dated 1332,in the Subsidy Tax rolls of Cumberland. Random  examples of the recordings include John Rollingson in the Lancashire Wills record for  the year 1596, whilst Stephen Rolloson married Christain Morrison at St. Dunstan in  the East, Stepney, on September 8th 1713

Rollason Surname Distribution

The table below is provided by Geneanet and uses its number of indexed records as proxy to the location of surname populations.
As you can see Rollason is a surname very much associated with the West Midlands

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We can now say that, that for this branch of the Rollasons the roots  are clearly the West Midlands, more specifically in the Black Country. They have remained very loyal to the this area through the generations, Dudley, Stourbridge, Sedgley and Upper and Lower Gornal are signifcant in this respect.

The Black Country is an area of the West Midlands covering the metropolitan
boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell and a bit of Walsall. It became industrialised as one of the birthplaces of the Industrial revolution . It had coal mines, coking iron foundaries, glass factories all  producing  the black  soot polution that gave the area its name around 1840 


Around 1914 Grandfather changed his name to Rollison from Rollason. With this established it quickly becomes clear that there are a large number of Rollasons who were/are not aware of each others existence.The main base for Rollasons is the Stourbridge area of the ~West Midlands  We have connections with about 150 Rollasons