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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Ransdell came from the baptismal name Randel. In this case the surname Ransdell was a diminutive of the personal name Rand, a short form of various German names with the first element rand meaning shield. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Ransdell Early Origins



The surname Ransdell was first found in Devon 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.

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Ransdell Spelling Variations


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Ransdell Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ransdell family name include Randall, Rendle, Randal, Rendel, Rendell and others.

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Ransdell Early History


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Ransdell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ransdell research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the year 1436 is included under the topic Early Ransdell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ransdell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ransdell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ransdell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ransdell In Ireland


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Ransdell In Ireland



Some of the Ransdell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ransdell surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Philip Randall, his wife and their three children, who arrived in Dorchester, MA in 1633; John Randall, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Phillip and Robert Randall, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1639.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ransdell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ransdell (post 1700)



  • Sanford Ransdell (1781-1854), American pioneer and soldier in the Battle of Tippecanoe
  • Joseph Morton Ransdell (1931-2010), American professor of philosophy from 1974 to 2000 at Texas Tech University
  • Joseph E. Ransdell (1858-1954), American politician, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (1913-1931), author of the Ransdell Act creating the National Institutes of Health; brother of Francis Xavier Ransdell
  • Francis Xavier Ransdell (1861-1939), American lawyer and jurist, Judge of the Louisiana 6th Judicial District (1900-1936)
  • Joseph Eugene Ransdell (1858-1954), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Louisiana 5th District, 1899-1913; U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1913-31
  • Frank E. Ransdell, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Cedar County, 1901-02
  • Frank Ransdell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1916
  • C. P. Ransdell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1856

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil extra numerum
Motto Translation: Nothing out of time.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Ransdell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ransdell 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 February 2016 at 13:13.

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