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The ancient history of the Radle name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the parish of Radley in the county of Berkshire. The surname Radle is both topographic and habitational since it was originally derived from the Old English word Redleah, referring to those individuals who lived by the reed stream, and also refers to the place-name in Berkshire. Today Radley is a village and civil parish northwest of the centre of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Originally in Berkshire, it was transferred in 1974.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Radle include Radley, Radleigh, Radlee, Radlie, Radle and others.

First found in Lincolnshire 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 Radle research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Radle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Radle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Radle or a variant listed above:

Radle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Geo Radle, who landed in Virginia in 1696

Radle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Radle, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Radle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Hugo Radle, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1924

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