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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


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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 [3]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
  • ... (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)



  • William F. Ragsdale, American politician, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1854
  • Warren Ragsdale, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Texas County, 1964
  • Robert A. Ragsdale, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1928
  • Paul B. Ragsdale, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 110th District, 1992
  • Mike Ragsdale (b. 1953), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2004
  • John W. Ragsdale, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1888
  • John M. Ragsdale, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1990
  • James Wilson Ragsdale (b. 1848), American politician, U.S. Consul in Tientsin, 1897-1903; U.S. Consul General in Tientsin, 1903-08; SAINT Petersburg, 1908-09; Halifax, 1909-11
  • 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
  • Isaac Newton Ragsdale (1859-1937), American politician, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, 1927-31
  • ... (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)
  3. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  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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