Early Origins of the Ranscome family
The surname Ranscome 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 Ranscome family
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Ranscome Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ranscome include Ranscombe, Ranscomb, Ranscome, Rainscombe, Raynscombe, Raynscomb and many more.
Early Notables of the Ranscome family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ranscome family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Laurance Ranscom, who arrived in Virginia sometime between 1666 and 1667.