Ramsbottom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Ramsbottom date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the region of Romsbottom in the county of Lancashire. Ramsbottom 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 Ramsbottom family

The surname Ramsbottom 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 Ramsbottom family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ramsbottom research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ramsbottom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ramsbottom Spelling Variations

Ramsbottom has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Ramsbottom have been found, including Ramsbottom, Ramsbotham, Rasbottom and others.

Early Notables of the Ramsbottom family (pre 1700)

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United States Ramsbottom migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ramsbottoms to arrive on North American shores:

Ramsbottom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Ramsbottom, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1831 [2]
  • John Haworth Ramsbottom, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [2]
  • Joseph, Mark, and Thomas Ramsbottom, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1856 and 1868

Contemporary Notables of the name Ramsbottom (post 1700) +

  • Henry Ramsbottom (1846-1905), English cricketer
  • Neil Ramsbottom (b. 1945), retired English association football goalkeeper
  • Alan Ramsbottom (b. 1936), professional racing cyclist from Clayton-le- Moors, England
  • John Ramsbottom (1814-1897), English mechanical engineer who created many inventions for railways
  • Rev. John Ramsbottom, English Bishop of Newcastle
  • Greg Ramsbottom, Gaelic football player from County Laois in Ireland
  • John Ramsbottom (1885-1974), British mycologist


The Ramsbottom 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. ^ 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)


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