The ancestors of the Ressall family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Shropshire
, at Rossall Manor
, from whence their name is derived. Another derivation places the origin of the name at Rossall Point
, a headland in Lancashire
, just north of Shropshire
. It is difficult to say which of these preceded the other, due to inadequate records of the time. However, due to the relatively close proximity of the two counties, it is quite likely that the two origins are connected in a way lost to the historical record.
Early Origins of the Ressall family
The surname Ressall was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and were Lords of the manor of Rossall, originally named Rosela. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066, the holdings were known as the Isle of Rossall, held by the Church of St. Chad. A junior branch of this name gave its name to Rossall in Lancashire
which was also included in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
but on which the records are now lost.
Early History of the Ressall family
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Ressall Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ressall were recorded, including Rossal, Rossall, Rossale, Rosal, Rosall, Rosale and many more.
Early Notables of the Ressall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ressall family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Ressall arrived in North America very early: Thomas Rassall, who settled in Maryland in 1739; and Richard Rossall, who applied for naturalization in New York in 1856.