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The name Ransford is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the chapelry of Rainford in the parish of Prescot in Lancashire. The surname Ransford 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 Ransford 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.

Ransford Early Origins



The surname Ransford was first found in Lancashire where they were found since ancient times, perhaps even predating the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. Early records, and the church cemetery show bearers of the name in Little Crosby, Lancashire.

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Ransford Spelling Variations


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Ransford 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 Ransford family name include Rainford, Rainsford, Raynsford, Raynsforde, Reinsford, Reinsforde, Raynesford, Rainesford, Rainesforde, Ranford, Ranforde, Randsford, Randford, Randeford and many more.

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Ransford Early History


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Ransford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ransford research. Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1469, 1933, 1605, 1680, 1660, 1663, 1632, 1690, 1652, 1709, 1700 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Ransford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ransford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ransford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Raynsford of Essex; John Raynsford, an English politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for Colchester during the 16th century; and Sir Richard Rainsford SL (1605-1680), an English judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1660 and 1663...

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ransford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ransford In Ireland


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Ransford In Ireland



Some of the Ransford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words (6 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 Ransford surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Ransford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Ransford, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Randall Ransford, who arrived in Maryland in 1677

Ransford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Ransford, who settled in Virginia in 1727

Ransford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel B Ransford, aged 36, landed in New York in 1812
  • Patrick Ransford, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1862

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ransford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ransford (post 1700)



  • Maurice Ransford (1896-1968), American art director
  • Maurice C. Ransford (1903-1991), American Republican politician, Tuscola County Prosecuting Attorney, 1931-35 ; Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 40th Circuit, 1941; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1948, 1956 (alternate)
  • Hascall Ransford, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1813-14
  • Edwin Ransford (1805-1876), English singer and composer
  • Tessa Ransford (1938-2015), Scottish poet, founder of the Scottish Poetry Library in 1984
  • Akwei Ransford (b. 1983), football player from Ghana
  • Vernon Seymour Ransford (1885-1958), Australian cricketer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Ransford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ransford 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.

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