The surname Ragsdale 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 Ragsdale family
The surname Ragsdale was first found in 1202, when one Stephen de Raggedal made a plea before the King or his justice.
Early History of the Ragsdale family
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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.
Early Notables of the Ragsdale family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ragsdale family to Ireland
Some of the Ragsdale family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Ragsdale family to the New World and Oceana
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 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)
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
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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
- Virginia Ragsdale (1870-1945), American teacher and a mathematician specializing in number theory, creator of the Ragsdale conjecture
- James Willard Ragsdale (1872-1919), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
- William Ragsdale (b. 1961), American actor, best known for his roles in Herman's Head (1991) and Fright Night (1985)
- Isaac Newton Ragsdale, American politician
- Daniel P. Ragsdale, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 123rd District, 2006 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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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.