The Surname Resuggan, Rosuggan etc.

Resuggan is my paternal grandmother's family name. The following information can be found on the Resuggan pages.

Origins of the name

Resuggan is an old Cornish name also seen as Resugga, Rosuggan, Rosogon, and Rosoga. In the ancient Cornish language this meant a moist or damp valley. There are references to the name in old records and history books going back to the 1300s.

There are also several places in Cornwall which carry the name Resugga, Resugga Castle, a couple of farms called Resugga, a Resugga Lane End and Resugga Green, all in the area between Truro and St.Austell. It is likely that these places were named after people carrying the name Resugga.

It is clear from the above that the name was well established early in the 1300s and it's origins certainly lie much further back in Cornish history.

The Family History of Resuggan by John Charles Lovel Resuggan

My father's cousin, John Charles Lovel Resuggan started research into his family history early in the 1950s and produced a paper in 1956. My father had a copy of the paper (possibly the original given its nature) and added some additional information as a result of his own research as an addendum. These papers are reproduced verbatim here (except for my addition of headings to allow navigation through the papers).

Distribution and spread of the name

Prior to the mid 1800s, the name Resuggan or any of it's varieties was only found in Cornwall with the exception of a few references in London on occasions. Three branches of the name have been identified in Cornwall in the 1700s, all initially in or around the area surrounding the Fal estuary on the South Coast. It is highly likely that all three are related to each other in the late 1600s or early 1700s.

One the branches is a single family and I have not identified any descendants of that family so far. The second branch moved to the North Coast in the late 1700s eventually settling in St Ives. From there a Resuggan emigrated to Australia shortly after 1850 and there is a thriving set of descendants there today. I have not been able to identify any further descendants of this branch beyond the mid 1850s.

The third branch contains my direct ancestors. They were found in St Michael Penkevil near Truro in the 1750s, moving into Truro shortly after. Around 1790 my direct line moved to Marazion and then to the North Coast in the Lelant and Phillack areas. By 1840 my GG Grandfather and his family were in the St Austell area, presumably working in the mining industry there, as he was described as a smith/blacksmith in census records.

As described in my father's supplementary notes to the Resuggan Family History paper, my great grandfather came to Birmingham in the early 1850s to work for fellow Cornishman Richard Tangye who had founded an engineering works there. He had 10 children, many of whose descendants are the majority carriers of the Resuggan name in England today. In the 1960s one of his descendants emigrated to Western Australia where a small number of Resuggan's were thriving in the late 20th century.

Resuggans related to me

My father thought he had established a direct link back to George Rosogan in the late 1500s, see my father's additional notes to the Resuggan Family History paper, but I have not yet been able to verify his work. My earliest proven ancestor is Stephen Resugga and this descendant report shows all descendants from him in my tree except where it joins the Jacombs descendant report. A link joins the two reports.

Around 1800, the name Lovel starts to be used as a second given name for several male children a custom which has persisted until modern times. It is probably the family name of an ancestor or close relative around the late 1700s, but I have not found the link to date.

Resuggans not (so far) related to me

The two Resuggan branches not yet linked to my own line are shown below. The descendant reports can be found by following the links.

There are a few additional unconnected Resuggans in my records in addition to those shown.