The lineage of the name Ranford begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the chapelry of Rainford in the parish of Prescot in Lancashire
. The surname Ranford is a habitation
name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Ranford was originally derived from the Old English Regnaforde
which refers to those individuals who lived by the ford.
However, there is also evidence that the name in fact referred to Danish settlers, who came from Randers Fiord, Denmark.
Early Origins of the Ranford family
The surname Ranford was first found in Lancashire
where they were found since ancient times, perhaps even predating the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D. Early records, and the church cemetery show bearers of the name in Little Crosby, Lancashire.
Early History of the Ranford family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ranford research.Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1469, 1933, 1482, 1559, 1537, 1538, 1529, 1605, 1680, 1660, 1663, 1632, 1690, 1652, 1709, 1700 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Ranford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ranford Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ranford has undergone many spelling variations
, including Rainford, Rainsford, Raynsford, Raynsforde, Reinsford, Reinsforde, Raynesford, Rainesford, Rainesforde, Ranford, Ranforde, Randsford, Randford, Randeford and many more.
Early Notables of the Ranford family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Raynsford of Bradfield Hall, Essex; and his son, Sir John Raynsford (by 1482-1559) was an English politician, High Sheriff
(1537-1538), Member of Parliament for Colchester in 1529; John Raynsford, an English politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for Colchester during... Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ranford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ranford family to Ireland
Some of the Ranford family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 118 words (8 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 Ranford family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ranford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- H. Ranford, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
- Benjamin B. Ranford, aged 21, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Ranford (post 1700)
- William Edward "Bill" Ranford (b. 1966), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey goaltender, current goaltending coach
Historic Events for the Ranford family
- Mr. John Irvine Ranford (1923-1941), Australian Ordinary Telegraphist from Colonel Light Gardens, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp