The name Raunds originated with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from Randolph of which it is a short form. The surname Raunds referred to the son of Randolph
which belongs to the category of patronymic
Early Origins of the Raunds family
The surname Raunds 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Raunds family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raunds research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1578, 1606, 1650, 1660, 1604, 1671 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Raunds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Raunds 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 Raunds has appeared include Rand, Rande, Rynd, Rynde, Raynd, Raynde and others.
Early Notables of the Raunds family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Raunds 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 Raunds arrived in North America very early: James Rand, who arrived in Plymouth in 1621 a year after the "Mayflower"; Francis Rand, who settled in New Hampshire
in 1630; John Rand, who settled in Virginia in 1690.