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The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Ralph is derived from the Old Norse given name Randolph, which itself comes from the Old German words, rat, meaning counsel, and wolf, meaning wolf.

Ralph Early Origins



The surname Ralph was first found in the town of Nairn in Nairnshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Narann) in northern Scotland, today part of the Council Area of Highland, where they are thought to have arrived well before the invasion of Britain of Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

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Ralph Spelling Variations


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Ralph Spelling Variations



The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Ralph has also been spelled Ralph, Rolph, Rolfe and others.

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Ralph Early History


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Ralph Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ralph research. Another 354 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1705, and 1762 are included under the topic Early Ralph History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ralph Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ralph Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ralph 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



Some of the first North American settlers with Ralph name or one of its variants:

Ralph Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sam Ralph settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Sam Ralph, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Margaret Ralph, who landed in Maryland in 1671

Ralph Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Ralph, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Thomas Ralph, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • Thomas Ralph settled in Jamaica in 1761
  • Francis Ralph settled in New Jersey in 1769
  • Francis Ralph, who arrived in New Jersey in 1769
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ralph Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Ralph, aged 13, landed in New York in 1819
  • Phillip H Ralph, aged 4, landed in New York, NY in 1819
  • Steven Ralph, aged 8, landed in New York in 1819
  • Geo. Ralph settled in New York State in 1823
  • Edward Ralph, who landed in New York in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ralph Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Ralph, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Ralph Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Ralph, a cabinet-maker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Ralph arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • Henry Ralph, aged 31, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money"
  • Henry Ralph, aged 31, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
  • Mary Ralph, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ralph Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Ralph arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Lydia Ralph arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • James Ralph, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ralph (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ralph (post 1700)



  • Jessie Ralph (1864-1944), American actress
  • Brian Ralph (b. 1973), American cartoonist
  • Stillman Ralph, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1837, 1855-56
  • S. H. Ralph, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1900, 1908
  • Ruth Ralph, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936
  • Richard F. Ralph, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 25th District, 1921-32
  • Nathan Ralph, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2012
  • Leon Douglas Ralph (1932-2007), American Democrat politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1967-76; Defeated, 1988; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Joseph H. Ralph, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Senate 2nd District, 1904; Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1908, 1910
  • George W. Ralph, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Illinois, 1839
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ralph Historic Events


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Ralph Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. M. Ralph, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cresco crescendeo
Motto Translation: I increase by increasing.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    5. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Ralph Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ralph 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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