Early Origins of the Ratner family
The surname Ratner was first found in Radnorshire
(Welsh: Sir Faesyfed), a former historic county of mid- Wales
, anciently part of the kingdom of Powys
, where they held a family seat
. The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales
was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans
met more resistance from the Welsh
than in the rest of England
. The Welsh
fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales
upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales
as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales
were presented to the Welsh
people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh
surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1193 when John Radenoura held estates in Radnor and Herefordshire
. They were allied by marriage to the Ap Reese of Washingly.
Early History of the Ratner family
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Ratner Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ridenour, Ridener, Ridner, Radnor, Radnall, Redinhale, Radner, Radmall and many more.
Early Notables of the Ratner family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ratner family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands. A colony of Welsh
gathered in Pennsylvania..
Contemporary Notables of the name Ratner (post 1700)
- Michael Ratner (1943-2016), American attorney, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, co-counsel for the Guantanamo Bay detainees