Show ContentsRant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Rant begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from Randolph of which it is a short form. The surname Rant referred to the son of Randolph which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames.

Early Origins of the Rant family

The surname Rant was first found in Norfolk at Yelverton, a parish, in the union of Loddon and Clavering, hundred of Henstead. "The church [of Yelverton] is an ancient structure in the decorated and early English styles, with a square embattled tower, and contains several handsome monuments to the families of Rant, Playter and Day; and a Norman font. The sum of £27 per annum, arising from land purchased with a bequest by Mrs. Anne Rant in 1698, is divided between the rector and the poor, the latter of whom have also 4 acres that were allotted at the inclosure." [1]

Early History of the Rant family

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Rant Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Rant has been recorded under many different variations, including Rand, Rande, Rynd, Rynde, Raynd, Raynde and others.

Early Notables of the Rant family

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United States Rant migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rant or a variant listed above:

Rant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Rant, who arrived in Virginia in 1721 [2]

Australia Rant migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Rant, English convict who was convicted in Norfolk, Norfolkshire, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1859 [3]
  • Mr. John Rant, English convict who was convicted in Norwich, Norfolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Candahar" on 26th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leonard V Rant (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Catford, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [5]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from
  5. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook