The surname Ragdale comes from the place name Ragdale, in Leicestershire
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The place dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Ragendele, located in Goscote Wapentake
and held by Robert de Bucy. It consisted of 30 acres of meadows and held enough property for 6 ploughs. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The name was derived from the Old English hraca + dael, which probably meant "valley of the gully or narrow pass." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Ragdale family
The surname Ragdale was first found in 1202, when one Stephen de Raggedal made a plea before the King or his justice.
Early History of the Ragdale family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ragdale research.Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1530 and 1591 are included under the topic Early Ragdale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ragdale Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ragdale are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Ragdale include: Ragdale, Ragsdale and others.
Early Notables of the Ragdale family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ragdale family to Ireland
Some of the Ragdale family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ragdale family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ragdale or a variant listed above:
Ragdale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Ragdale, who settled in Virginia in 1714
- William Ragdale, who landed in Virginia in 1714 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)