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Where did the Scottish Randolph family come from? When did the Randolph family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Randolph family history?In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the Randolph family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name Randolph is derived from the personal name, Randolph which contained elements that translated to shield and wolf. Randolph is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronymic surnames were formed by adopting the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while others came from popular religious names, and from the names of secular heroes.
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Randolph has been spelled Randolph, Randolf and others.
First found in Moray, 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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The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Randolph:
Randolph Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Randolph Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Randolph Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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