The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Ramsdan come from when the family resided in the village of Ramsden found in various locations in England
including the counties of Essex
, Oxford, Lancashire
and the West Riding of Yorkshire
. This local
name was originally derived from the Old English word ramden
which refers to those individuals who lived in the small glen.
Early Origins of the Ramsdan family
The surname Ramsdan was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Ramsdan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ramsdan research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1665, 1659, 1660, 1648, 1690, 1st and 1689 are included under the topic Early Ramsdan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ramsdan Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ramsdan has been recorded under many different variations, including Ramsden, Ramsdon and others.
Early Notables of the Ramsdan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ramsdan family to Ireland
Some of the Ramsdan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ramsdan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ramsdan or a variant listed above: John Ramsden, who came to Virginia in 1642; Margaret Ramsden, who arrived in Barbados with her husband in 1665; and Mary Ramsden, her husband and four children, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1820..