The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Randay came from Randolph of which it is a short form. The surname Randay referred to the son of Randolph
which belongs to the category of patronymic
Early Origins of the Randay family
The surname Randay was first found in Norfolk
at Yelverton, a parish, in the union of Loddon and Clavering, hundred
of Henstead. "The church [of Yelverton] is an ancient structure in the decorated and early English styles, with a square embattled tower, and contains several handsome monuments to the families of Rant, Playter and Day; and a Norman font. The sum of £27 per annum, arising from land purchased with a bequest by Mrs. Anne Rant in 1698, is divided between the rector and the poor, the latter of whom have also 4 acres that were allotted at the inclosure." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Randay family
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Randay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Randay family name include Rand, Rande, Rynd, Rynde, Raynd, Raynde and others.
Early Notables of the Randay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Randay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Randay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: James Rand, who arrived in Plymouth in 1621 a year after the "Mayflower"; Francis Rand, who settled in New Hampshire
in 1630; John Rand, who settled in Virginia in 1690.