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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Ramsdell surname lived 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.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ramsdell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ramsdell include: Ramsden, Ramsdon and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ramsdell 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 Ramsdell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ramsdell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ramsdell 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.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ramsdell or a variant listed above:
Ramsdell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Ramsdell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ramsdell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Ramsdell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ramsdell 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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