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The name Ramshaw first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived at the village of Ravenshaw, in Warwickshire. Ramshaw 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. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English words used to refer to those individuals who lived near the raven wood, indicating that the original bearers lived near a forest that was occupied by many ravens.

Ramshaw Early Origins



The surname Ramshaw 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. The first on record was Stephen de Ravenshagh, listed in the Subisdy Rolls of Lancashire in 1332.

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Ramshaw Spelling Variations


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Ramshaw Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ramshaw has appeared include Renshaw, Ravenshaw, Renshall, Olerenshaw and many more.

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Ramshaw Early History


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Ramshaw Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ramshaw research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ramshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ramshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ramshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ramshaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ramshaw arrived in North America very early:

Ramshaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Ramshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Elizabeth Ramshaw, who landed in Maryland in 1680

Ramshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Ramshaw, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ramshaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ramshaw (post 1700)



  • John Ramshaw, English contemporary footballer (1983-1995)and football manager (1983-)
  • Graham Joseph Ramshaw (1945-2006), Australian rules footballer who played for Fitzroy in 1964
  • Darrin Joseph Ramshaw (b. 1965), Australian former cricketer who played for Western Australia (1989-1990) and for Victoria (1991-1994), son of Graham Ramshaw

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ramshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ramshaw 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 April 2016 at 08:27.

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