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Early Origins of the Radnor family

The surname Radnor was first found in Radnorshire (Welsh: Sir Faesyfed), a former historic county of mid-Wales, anciently part of the kingdom of Powys, where they held a family seat. [1] [2]

The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales and England was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans met more resistance from the Welsh than in the rest of England.

The Welsh fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales into England as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales were presented to the Welsh people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1193 when John Radenoura held estates in Radnor and Herefordshire. [3] They were allied by marriage to the Ap Reese of Washingly.

Early History of the Radnor family

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Radnor Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ridenour, Ridener, Ridner, Radnor, Radnall, Redinhale, Radner, Radmall and many more.

Early Notables of the Radnor family

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was

  • the Radnor family of Wales

Australia Radnor migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Radnor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Radnor who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Circassian" on 4th November 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Radnor (post 1700) +

  • Joshua "Josh" Radnor (b. 1974), American actor
  • Grant Radnor Dodwell (b. 1952), Australian producer, actor, writer and director, best known for his roles in A Country Practice and Home and Away

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 8th February 2021 from on Facebook