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Rantall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rantall originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Randel. In this case the surname Rantall 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.

Early Origins of the Rantall family

The surname Rantall 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.

Early History of the Rantall family

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Rantall Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Rantall has appeared include Randall, Rendle, Randal, Rendel, Rendell and others.

Early Notables of the Rantall family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Rantall family to Ireland

Some of the Rantall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Rantall family to the New World and Oceana

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Rantall arrived in North America very early:

Rantall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henrietta Rantall, who landed in America, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Rantall (post 1700)

  • John "Mopsy" Rantall (b. 1943), retired Australian rules footballer, inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame (1996)

The Rantall 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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