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Where did the Scottish Randolph family come from? What is the Scottish Randolph family crest and coat of arms? When did the Randolph family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Randolph family history?The saga of the Randolph family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Randolph name is derived from the personal name, Randolph which contained elements that translated to shield and wolf. Randolph is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronymic surnames were formed by adopting the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while others came from popular religious names, and from the names of secular heroes.
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Randolph has appeared Randolph, Randolf and others.
First found in Moray, 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Randolph research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1332, 1605, and 1635 are included under the topic Early Randolph History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Randolph Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Randolph:
Randolph Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Randolph Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Randolph Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Randolph Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Randolph 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.
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