Early Origins of the Ranscombe family
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 Ranscombe family
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Ranscombe Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ranscombe have been found, including Ranscombe, Ranscomb, Ranscome, Rainscombe, Raynscombe, Raynscomb and many more.
Early Notables of the Ranscombe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ranscombe family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ranscombe, or a variant listed above: Laurance Ranscom, who arrived in Virginia sometime between 1666 and 1667.
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