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Where did the Irish Redmond family come from? What is the Irish Redmond family crest and coat of arms? When did the Redmond family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Redmond family history?

The Strongbownian invaders added their Norman conventions for surnames to the previously established Irish system for hereditary surnames. One of the most frequent forms of surnames for both cultures was the patronymic surname, which was formed from the name of the bearer's father or grandfather. The Norman tradition that the followers of Strongbow brought with them created such a surname through diminutive suffixes such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el. Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of -el-in, -el-ot, -in-ot, and -et-in. The Normans also formed patronymic surnames in a manner very similar to the Irish: they added a prefix to their father's name. These Anglo-Norman people, however, used the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, which both mean son. Although this prefix probably originated in Flanders or Normandy, it can now only be found in Ireland. The surname Redmond is derived from the personal name Raymond, which is derived from the Old French forenames Raimund and Raimond. These are derived from the Old German personal name Raginmund, which literally means counsel-army or might-army. The Gaelic form of the surname Redmond is Réamonn.


Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name Redmond revealed the following spelling variations: Redmond, Reddman, Reddmon, Redman, Reddan, Redmon, Redmand, Readmond, Redmaynd, Redmayne, Reddmayne, Redmane, Reddmane, Reddane, Redmoyne, Redmoynd, Redmain, Redmaine, Redmoine, Reddmyne, Redmyn, Reddmin, Redmin, Redmind and many more.

First found in County Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they were granted lands by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, during the invasion of Ireland in 1172.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Redmond research. Another 255 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1499, 1551, 1546, 1551, 1426, 1415, 1505, 1541, 1602, 1570 and 1594 are included under the topic Early Redmond History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 165 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Redmond Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Redmond:

Redmond Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Redmond, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Redmond Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Redmond settled with his wife Bridget and four children in New York State in 1804
  • Bernard Redmond, aged 58, arrived in New York in 1806
  • Maurice Redmond, aged 18, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • Thomas Redmond, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mathew Redmond, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826


  • Harry John Redmond (1887-1960), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Margery "Marge" Redmond (b. 1930), American actress
  • John Redmond (1856-1918), Irish politician, Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 to 1918
  • John Edward Redmond (1806-1865), Irish banker and magistrate, Liberal M.P. for the city of Wexford
  • Michael Redmond (b. 1950), Irish stand-up comedian
  • William Archer Redmond DSO (1886-1932), Irish nationalist politician
  • William "Willie" Hoey Kearney Redmond (1861-1917), Irish nationalist politician
  • Sir James Redmond (1918-1999), British Director of Engineering with the BBC
  • James William Forbes Redmond (b. 1971), English actor, presenter, and comedian
  • Rodney Redmond (b. 1944), New Zealand cricket player



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  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Redmond Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Redmond Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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