Early Origins of the Ranscomb family
The surname Ranscomb was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1200 when the name gave itself to no less than five villages in that county, a highly unusual occurrence and indicative that the family name was highly influential at some pre- Domesday Book
period in the county of Devon.
Early History of the Ranscomb family
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Ranscomb Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ranscomb include Ranscombe, Ranscomb, Ranscome, Rainscombe, Raynscombe, Raynscomb and many more.
Early Notables of the Ranscomb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ranscomb family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ranscomb or a variant listed above: Laurance Ranscom, who arrived in Virginia sometime between 1666 and 1667.