The ancestors of the name Ramston date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Ramston family
The surname Ramston 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 Ramston family
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Ramston Spelling Variations
Ramston 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 Ramston have been found, including Ramsden, Ramsdon and others.
Early Notables of the Ramston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ramston family to Ireland
Some of the Ramston 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 Ramston family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ramstons to arrive on North American shores: 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..