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

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Ramsdell surname lived in the village of Ramsden found in various locations in England including the counties of Essex, Oxford, Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. This local name was originally derived from the Old English word ramden which refers to those individuals who lived in the small glen.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ramsdell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ramsdell include: Ramsden, Ramsdon and others.

First found in Lancashire 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 Ramsdell research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1665, 1659, 1660, 1648, 1690, 1st and 1689 are included under the topic Early Ramsdell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ramsdell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ramsdell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ramsdell or a variant listed above:

Ramsdell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Ramsdell, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638

Ramsdell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • T Ramsdell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • B H Ramsdell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1872
  • Carl Ramsdell, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Daniel Ramsdell, aged 14, who emigrated to America, in 1893
  • Edyth Ramsdell, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894


Ramsdell Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Alice Ramsdell, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Charlotte Ramsdell, aged 10, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Edward R. Ramsdell, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Bessie A. Ramsdell, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Charles C. Ramsdell, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919

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  • James Willard Ramsdell (1916-1969), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell (1833-1917), American entrepreneur and politician, Michigan State Representative in 1861, eponym of The Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee, Michigan
  • George Allen Ramsdell (1834-1900), American lawyer, businessman, and Republican politician from Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Jay Ramsdell (1964-1965), American Commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA)
  • Heather Ramsdell, American poet and playwright
  • Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell (1865-1915), American landscape and poster artist


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  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Ramsdell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ramsdell 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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