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The surname Ragsdale comes from the place name Ragdale, in Leicestershire. 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. [1]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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Ragsdale Early Origins



The surname Ragsdale was first found in 1202, when one Stephen de Raggedal made a plea before the King or his justice.

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Ragsdale Spelling Variations


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Ragsdale Spelling Variations



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 Ragsdale include Ragdale, Ragsdale and others.

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Ragsdale Early History


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Ragsdale Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ragsdale research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1530 and 1591 are included under the topic Early Ragsdale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ragsdale Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ragsdale Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ragsdale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Ragsdale or a variant listed above:

Ragsdale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Godfrey and Anthony Ragsdale, who settled in Virginia in 1673 and 1690

Ragsdale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Ragsdale, who immigrated to Texas in 1830
  • Peter Ragsdale, who landed in Texas in 1830

Ragsdale Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • J.W. Ragsdale, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Elisabeth Ragsdale, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Alin Hulett Ragsdale, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Harry Ragsdale, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Harry B. Ragsdale, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ragsdale (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ragsdale (post 1700)



  • Heather Ann Ragsdale (b. 1981), American retired soccer player from Arlington, Texas
  • Jeff Ragsdale, American author, activist, actor, best known for his 2012 book Jeff, One Lonely Guy
  • George Ragsdale (b. 1951), former professional American running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Lincoln Johnson Ragsdale Sr. (1926-1995), American leader in the Phoenix-area African-American Civil Rights Movement
  • David Lasater Ragsdale (b. 1958), American violinist for the rock band Kansas
  • Daniel P. Ragsdale, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 123rd District, 2006
  • Ben Ragsdale Jr., American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 2012
  • Howard Ragsdale, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1980
  • Isaac Newton Ragsdale (1859-1937), American politician, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, 1927-31
  • James Willard Ragsdale (1872-1919), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1899-1900; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1902-04
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Ragsdale


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Suggested Readings for the name Ragsdale



  • Elijah Ragsdale: Born Virginia, November 1, 1778 to South Carolina by June Hart Wester.
  • Through the Orchard: Arteberry, Hillsberry, Lemmons, Ragsdale by Nova A. Lemons.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  11. ...

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