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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 Rťamonn.

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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. Alexander Redmond, the first of this family who bore the surname was of the same stock as the Earl of Pembroke whom he accompanied to Ireland in 1170. [1] While generally known today as an Irish family, we must take moment to explore the branch of the family that stayed in England, specifically at Yealand-Redmayne in Lancashire. " Anciently, Yealand-Conyers and Yealand-Redmayne appear to have formed one district. In the Testa de Neville it is stated, that 'Mathew de Redeman and Robert de Kemyers, or Cynyers, held the eighth part of a knight's fee in Yeland, of the fee of William de Lancaster, the king's tenant in chief;' hence the origin of the additions to the name. The Conyers and Redmayne families were long connected with Yealand." [2]


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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.

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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 United States in the 17th Century


  • John Redmond, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Redmond Settlers in 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


Redmond Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Michael Redmond, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Private Nicholas Redmond U.E., (Redman, Ridman) (b. 1760) born Wexford, Ireland from Long Island, New York who settled in Eastern District, Matilda [South Dundas], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Prince of Wales American Regiment, married to Anna Mae Welsh having 7 children

Redmond Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Lawrence Redmond, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1812
  • Stephen Redmond, who landed in Canada in 1816
  • Edward Redmond, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1834

Redmond Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Laurence Redmond, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Joseph Redmond, a painter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Redmond, British convict from Malta, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Mary Redmond, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

Redmond Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Peter Redmond arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • W. H. Redmond arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Denis Redmond, aged 26, a miner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Mary Redmond, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Mary Redmond, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872


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  • Margery "Marge" Redmond (b. 1930), American actress
  • Harry John Redmond (1887-1960), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Jay Redmond, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 51st District, 2012
  • James M. Redmond, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1848-49
  • James J. Redmond, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928
  • James Redmond, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2000
  • Everett A. Redmond, American Democrat politician, Chair of Delaware County Democratic Party, 1965
  • Audrey Redmond, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2004
  • Audrena Redmond, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004
  • Mrs. A. M. Redmond, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1952

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  2. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  3. 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).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  9. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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