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The Rall surname is a patronymic
from a medieval form of the personal name Ralph.
The surname Rall was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Kennet and Trevil in St.Juliet. Cornwall
was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany
than to England
. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Rawle, Rawles, Rorles, Ralls, Rall and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rall research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1632, 1658, and 1660 are included under the topic Early Rall History in all our PDF Extended History products
More information is included under the topic Early Rall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Rall:
Rall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Christ Rall, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
- Magdalene Rall, aged 8, landed in New York, NY in 1854
- John Rall, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860
- Gottlob Friedrich Rall, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1867
- Carl Rall, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1893
Rall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Jane Rall, aged 40, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
- Emil J. Rall, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1908
- Harris F. Rall, aged 39, who settled in America, in 1909
- James Rall, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Bellshill, Scotland, in 1921
- Alf Rall, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1921
- Harris Franklin Rall Ph. D. (1870-1964), American academic, the 1st President of Iliff School of Theology
- David Platt Rall (1926-1999), American cancer specialist and a leader in environmental health studies
- Thomas Edward "Tommy" Rall (b. 1929), American ballet dancer, tap dancer and acrobatic dancer
- Johann Gottlieb Rall (1726-1776), German colonel, Commander of Hessian troops in Trenton, New Jersey at the Battle of Trenton during the American War of Independence
- Wilfrid Rall (b. 1922), American neuroscientist, considered one of the founders of computational neuroscience
- Ted Rall (b. 1963), American columnist, syndicated editorial cartoonist, and author, former President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (2008-2009)
- Dr. Ing. Viktor Rall (1896-1984), German engineer, veteran of both World Wars, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
- Lieutenant-General GŁnther Rall (1918-2009), German fighter pilot, the third most successful fighter ace in history with 275 aerial victories; he was shot down 8 times and wounded 3 times
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- 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.
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
The Rall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rall 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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