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Where did the English Ransford family come from? What is the English Ransford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ransford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ransford family history?The name Ransford is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the chapelry of Rainford in the parish of Prescot in Lancashire. The surname Ransford is a habitation name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Ransford was originally derived from the Old English Regnaforde which refers to those individuals who lived by the ford. However, there is also evidence that the name in fact referred to Danish settlers, who came from Randers Fiord, Denmark.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ransford family name include Rainford, Rainsford, Raynsford, Raynsforde, Reinsford, Reinsforde, Raynesford, Rainesford, Rainesforde, Ranford, Ranforde, Randsford, Randford, Randeford and many more.
First found in Lancashire where they were found since ancient times, perhaps even predating the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. Early records, and the church cemetery show bearers of the name in Little Crosby, Lancashire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ransford research. Another 403 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1469, 1933, 1605, 1680, 1660, 1663 and 1632 are included under the topic Early Ransford History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ransford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ransford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ransford surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Ransford Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Ransford Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Ransford Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Ransford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ransford 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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