Ralph History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ralph is derived from the Old Norse given name Randolph, which itself comes from the Old German words, "rad," meaning "counsel," and "wolf," meaning "wolf."

Early Origins of the Ralph family

The surname Ralph was first found in Herefordshire where Ralph the Timid, the Earl of Hereford (died 1057) held lands and estates. Apparently, "he was in command there in July 1049, when a force of pirates from Ireland and Welsh under Gruffydd ab Rhydderch invaded the shire. He fled before them, leaving Worcester to be burnt by the invaders, and gaining for himself the appellation of 'the timid earl.' [1]

Gaulder or Wader Ralph, the Earl of Norfolk ( fl. 1070) was son of Ralph the Staller (d. 1066). "This Ralph is frequently referred to in Domesday Book as having held various estates, and is twice mentioned as 'Radulfus comes vetus', and on one other occasion as 'Radulfus Stalra' and father of Ralph Guader. It is evident, therefore, that Ralph the Staller was himself an earl, probably in East Anglia, perhaps as a subordinate of Gyrth." [1]

RALPH of Toesny (d. 1102), was a Norman Baron who came in the female line of the stock of Malahulc, uncle of Rollo, the conqueror of Normandy and Ralph d'Escures, sometimes called Ralph de Turbine (d. 1122), was Archbishop of Canterbury. Ralph, Radulf, Ranulf, or Randulf (d. 1123), was chancellor, was a chaplain or clerk of Henry I, and became chancellor in 1107-1108.

Early History of the Ralph family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ralph research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1705, 1762 and 1232 are included under the topic Early Ralph History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ralph Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ralph, Rolph, Rolfe, Rafe, Raff, Ralf, Ralfe and others.

Early Notables of the Ralph family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Ralph family to Ireland

Some of the Ralph family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ralph migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ralph Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sam Ralph, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Sam Ralph, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [2]
  • Margaret Ralph, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [2]
Ralph Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Ralph, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Thomas Ralph, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [2]
  • Thomas Ralph, who settled in Jamaica in 1761
  • Francis Ralph, who settled in New Jersey in 1769
  • Francis Ralph, who arrived in New Jersey in 1769 [2]
  • ... (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, who landed in New York in 1819 [2]
  • Phillip H Ralph, aged 4, who landed in New York, NY in 1819 [2]
  • Steven Ralph, aged 8, who landed in New York in 1819 [2]
  • Geo. Ralph, who settled in New York State in 1823
  • Edward Ralph, who landed in New York in 1832 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ralph migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ralph Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Ralph, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Ralph Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Ralph, aged 35 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing 11th July 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 20th August 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mrs. Margaret Ralph, aged 40 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing 11th July 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 20th August 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Ms. Margaret Ralph, aged 38 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing 11th July 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 20th August 1847 but she died on board [3]

Australia Ralph migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ralph Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Ralph, a cabinet-maker, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. James Ralph (b. 1813), aged 20, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 22nd March 1833, sentenced for life for breaking into the house of William Pentecost and stealing silver watches, transported aboard the ship "Neva" on 27th July 1833 to New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Ralph Manley, British convict who was convicted in Chester, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • William Ralph, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [6]
  • Henry Ralph, aged 31, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money" [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Ralph migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ralph Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. W.B. (H.B.) Ralph (Replh), British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [8]
  • Mr. George Ralph, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sandford" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th July 1856 [9]
  • Mrs. Sarah Ann Ralph, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sandford" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th July 1856 [9]
  • Edward Ralph, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Lydia Ralph, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ralph (post 1700) +

  • James Ralph (1705-1762), American miscellaneous writer, probably born in Pennsylvania was a merchant's clerk in Philadelphia when he became a close friend with Benjamin Franklin, then a journeyman printer
  • 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 [10]
  • S. H. Ralph, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1900, 1908 [10]
  • Ruth Ralph, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936 [10]
  • Richard F. Ralph, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 25th District, 1921-32 [10]
  • Nathan Ralph, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2012 [10]
  • 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 [10]
  • 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 [10]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 93)
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/henry-tanner
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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