Show ContentsRamsbotham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Ramsbotham name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the region of Romsbottom in the county of Lancashire. Ramsbotham is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Ramsbotham family

The surname Ramsbotham was first found in Lancashire in the parish of Bury at Romsbottom (now known as Ramsbottom). Today it is a market town in Greater Manchester but anciently the town was known as Romesbothum in 1324. [1] Literally the place name means "valley of the ream, or where wild garlic grows from the Old English "ramm" or "hramsa" + "bothm." [1]

Early History of the Ramsbotham family

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Ramsbotham 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 Ramsbotham include Ramsbottom, Ramsbotham, Rasbottom and others.

Early Notables of the Ramsbotham family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ramsbotham family

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 Ramsbotham or a variant listed above: Joseph, Mark and Thomas Ramsbottom arrived in Philadelphia between 1856 and 1868; John Ramsbotten settled in Virginia in 1698.

Contemporary Notables of the name Ramsbotham (post 1700) +

  • Francis Henry Ramsbotham (1801-1868), English medical writer from East London, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1844
  • General David John Ramsbotham GCB, CBE (1934-2022), Baron Ramsbotham, a British Army officer, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
  • Honerable James David Alexander Ramsbotham C.B.E. (b. 1959), British Chief Executive for North East England Chamber of Commerce, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Business and to the Economy in the North East by Her Majesty The Queen [2]
  • John Alexander Ramsbotham (1906-1989), Anglican clergyman, Bishop of Jarrow (1950-1958), and Bishop of Wakefield (1958-1967)
  • Herwald Ramsbotham (1887-1971), British politician, member of the U.K. Parliament, created 1st Viscount Soulbury in 1954
  • Sir Peter Ramsbotham (b. 1919), British diplomat and colonial administrator, became 3rd Viscount Soulbury in 1984

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  • Mr. William L Ramsbotham (b. 1897), English Shipwright 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Manchester, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [3]

The Ramsbotham 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: Non vi, sed virtute
Motto Translation: Not by force, but by virtue

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  3. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook