Randall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Randall was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name Randel. In this case the surname Randall was a diminutive of the personal name Rand, a short form of various German names with the first element rand meaning shield or wolf. [1]

Alternatively, the name was derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Randolph,' from the nickname Randle. As such, the earliest records of the family were as a forename as in Randle de Arclet, Cheshire, temp. 1290. [2]

Early Origins of the Randall family

The surname Randall was first found in the parish of Ladock in Cornwall. "Hay, which was formerly deemed a genteel residence, was successively a seat of the families of Randyll, Tregain, and Bone." [3]

Early History of the Randall family

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Randall Spelling Variations

Randall 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 Randall have been found, including Randall, Rendle, Randal, Rendel, Rendell and others.

Early Notables of the Randall family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Randall (1570-1622), English divine, born at Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire who was sent at the early age of eleven to St. Mary Hall, Oxford, where he matriculated on 27 Nov. 1581. He was elected a fellow of Lincoln College on 6 July...
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Randall World Ranking

In the United States, the name Randall is the 527th most popular surname with an estimated 54,714 people with that name. [4] However, in Australia, the name Randall is ranked the 525th most popular surname with an estimated 7,346 people with that name. [5] And in New Zealand, the name Randall is the 820th popular surname with an estimated 892 people with that name. [6] The United Kingdom ranks Randall as 440th with 14,682 people. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Randall family to Ireland

Some of the Randall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Randall 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 Randalls to arrive on North American shores:

Randall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Philip Randall, his wife and their three children, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Philip Randall, who arrived in New England in 1634 [8]
  • John Randall, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Abraham Randall, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1636 [8]
  • Thomas Randall, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Randall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Randall, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [8]
  • John Randall, who settled in Trinity in 1780
Randall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Osborn W Randall, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [8]
  • Mary Randall, aged 30, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [8]
  • Mr. Jeremiah Randall, (b. 1810), aged 32, Cornish miner departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Orient" arriving in the United States on 19 May 1842 [9]
  • Mrs. Mary Randall, (b. 1812), aged 30, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Orient" arriving in the United States on 19 May 1842 [9]
  • Jeremiah Randall, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Randall migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Randall Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • David Randall, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
Randall Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Stephen W Randall, who arrived in Canada in 1828

Australia Randall migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Randall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Randall, English convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. William Randall, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 8th April 1821, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • Charles Randall, a butcher, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. William Randall, (b. 1812), aged 17, English carpenter who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for larceny, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 19th August 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1882 [12]
  • Mr. Joseph Randall, (b. 1811), aged 19, English farmer who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales, he died in 1885 [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Randall migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Randall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Harding Randall, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Belle Creole" in 1855
  • Sarah Randall, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Belle Creole" in 1855
  • H. Randall, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • John Randall, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Jane Randall, aged 27, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Randall migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [14]
Randall Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Henry Randall, who settled in Barbados in 1685
  • Bartholomew Randall, who settled in Barbados in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Randall (post 1700) +

  • Frankie Billy Randall (1961-2020), nicknamed "The Surgeon", an American professional boxer who competed from 1983 to 2005
  • John Ernest "Jack" Randall (1924-2020), American ichthyologist and a leading authority on coral reef fishes
  • Brigadier-General Russell Edward Randall (1902-1992), American Air Attaché to Soviet Union (1948-1949) [15]
  • Scott Phillip Randall (b. 1975), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Willard Sterne Randall (b. 1942), American historian and author
  • Samuel Randall, American cattle breeder in Sunderland, Vermont, eponym of Randall Cattle
  • John Witt Randall (1813-1892), American naturalist, poet and art collector
  • Walter Doane "Bo" Randall Jr. (1909-1989), American knifemaker who founded Randall Made Knives (1938)
  • Dave Randall (b. 1967), American former professional tennis player
  • Tony Randall (1920-2004), born Arthur Leonard Rosenberg, American five-time Golden Globe Award and six-time Emmy Award nominated actor, comic, producer, and director who won one Emmy for the sitcom The Odd Couple (1970 to 1975)
  • ... (Another 137 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Victor J Randall (b. 1919), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Dorchester, Dorset, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Stanley R Randall (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Rotherithe, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Maurice P Randall (b. 1923), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Dorking, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Cyril W Randall (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from North End, Portsmouth, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. H Randall, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Frederick Randall, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Edward Randall, British Joiner with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [18]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Charles Randall, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [19]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frank Henry Randall (d. 1912), aged 27, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]


The Randall 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: Nil extra numerum
Motto Translation: Nothing out of time.


Suggested Readings for the name Randall +

  • Ancestors And Descendants of Snow Randall, the Quaker, 1609-1973 by Robert Ferris Randall.
  • A Randall Family of Long Island, New York, 1667-1989 by Genevieve Randall Lanyon.
  • The Rundle, Rendel, Randle, Randol, Randall, Rundall, Rundell, Runnell Ancestry of Long Island and Greenwich, 1667-1992.

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  7. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/countess-of-harcourt
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/claudine
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/burrell
  14. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Russell Randall. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Randall/Russell_Edward/USA.html
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  18. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  19. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  20. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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