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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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.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 [4]
  • John Randall, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Abraham Randall, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1636 [4]
  • Thomas Randall, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [4]
  • ... (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 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • Jeremiah Randall, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [4]
  • Mary Randall, aged 30, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [4]
  • George Randall, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [4]
  • William Randall, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1861 [4]

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
  • Charles Randall, a butcher, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Randall, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [5]
  • Josiah Randall, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [6]
  • James Randall, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • John Randall, English convict from Swaffham, Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
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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
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Contemporary Notables of the name Randall (post 1700) +

  • 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) [8]
  • 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)
  • Elliott Randall (b. 1947), American guitarist
  • ... (Another 135 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 [9]
  • 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 [9]
  • 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 [9]
  • 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 [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. H Randall, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Frederick Randall, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
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 [11]
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 [12]
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 [13]


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 +

  • 533 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. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Russell Randall. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Randall/Russell_Edward/USA.html
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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