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By mendezdetorres - Posted on 21 December 2006

Does anyone know where this surname comes from? I know it's not Spain. I found it in several French genealogies as ROLIN. Any help is appreciated. Thanks. HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

Hi Daniel, Rolon is Portuguese.. The slave traders were mostly Portuguese so this would not be unusual since the Rolon line in the 1600's were Mulatos. I've read that they brought many slaves from Angola during the late 1500's and early 1600's. So I think we can safely think our Rolon ancestor was either from Angola or brought over as a trained slave from South America where they were taken earlier to work the mines and the fields. Slaves were also taken to the Carribean Islands in the earlier years then also brought as trained workers to Mexico.
Linda in Everett

mormonboy74 wrote:

Does anyone know where this surname comes from? I know it's not Spain. I found it in several French genealogies as ROLIN. Any help is appreciated. Thanks. HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

Have you been able to extend this Rolon line any earlier than Juan or Joan
Rolon in 1665? Cuidad Guzman? If it's Joan it's probably French origin. I
will probably work on this line it's the only of our lines in the 1600's
very interesting.

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Daniel,
Joan was also the Portuguese way of spelling the name we pronounce Juan. I have no reason to believe this Mulato slave line has French lineage but one never knows until the record proving or disproving it appears.. Remember, the spelling of names really was left up to the scribe many times since most people did not read or write especially in the slave lines. Our ancestors seldom saw the records and trusted the scribe. It also wasn't above people to pay a bribe to improve their lot especially if a baby was light skinned. Having it read Espanol or Mestizo might improve the childs lot in life..
just something to think about.
Linda

Daniel Mendez wrote:
Have you been able to extend this Rolon line any earlier than Juan or Joan
Rolon in 1665? Cuidad Guzman? If it's Joan it's probably French origin. I
will probably work on this line it's the only of our lines in the 1600's
very interesting.

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