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This name RULLMAN is mainly found in Perthshire and Fife. The name is also spelt ROLLO, ROLLOCK, ROLLE, ROUL, ROLLON, RAU, RAHL and ROULET. Early records of the name mention John Rollo who was a cleric of the diocese of Moray, and a notary public in the year 1373. Duncane Rollo was granted a safe conduct to travel into England in 1396. Jacobus Rollok was the provost of Dundee in the year 1458. The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. A family called Rollo have been established in Perthshire, Scotland, for centuries. In 1380 John Rollo was granted land there by the Earl of Strathearn, to whom he was secretary. The surname was later spelled Rollock, but when the family were granted a barony in the mid-17th century, they re-adopted the older form ROLLO.

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