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

The Ragland surname comes from the historic village of Raglan (Welsh: Rhaglan) in Monmouthshire, known for its castle.

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Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Ragland has seen various spelling variations: Raglan, Ragland and others.

First found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ragland research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1563, 1550, 1563, 1513 and 1578 are included under the topic Early Ragland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 159 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ragland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Ragland

Ragland Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Ragland, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Ragland Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Ragland, his wife Ann Beaufort, and ten children, who came to Virginia in 1720
  • John Ragland, who landed in Virginia in 1720

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  • Larry Ragland (b. 1943), American professional offroad racing competitor
  • Robert O. Ragland (1931-2012), American film score composer and music arranger for the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
  • Jack Williamson Ragland (1913-1996), American gold medalist basketball player at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Thomas "Tom" Ragland (b. 1946), American Major League Baseball second baseman who played from 1971 to 1973
  • Frank Roland Ragland (1904-1959), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1932 to 1933
  • Chad Ragland (b. 1970), American winning race car driver, son of Larry Ragland
  • John Lee Morgan Beauregard "Rags" Ragland (1905-1946), American comedian and character actor, known for his work with Abbott and Costello, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Gene Kelly and others
  • Kaaren Ragland, American musician, founder of a group called The Sounds of the Supremes in 1989
  • Aaron-Carl Ragland (1973-2010), American electronic dance musician, founder of Wallshaker Music in 1999


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  • The Raglands: The History of a British-American Family by Charles J. Ragland.
  • Early Ragland Families of Middle Tennessee by Hobert Daniel Ragland.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mutare vel timere sperno
Motto Translation: I scorn to change or fear.

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The Ragland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ragland 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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