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The surname Ring was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Ringstead, held by Norman noble Roger de Evreux as an under tenant also at Great Bircham and Old Buckenham in that same county who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Roger held from William de Scohies who was tenant in chief. Roger was the son of Comte de Evreux, who was the son of Richard 1, Duke of Normandy.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ringstead, Ringsted, Ring, Wring and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ring research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1284, and 1299 are included under the topic Early Ring History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ring Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Ring, who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1629
  • William Ring, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Robert Ring, who landed in New England in 1640
  • Robert Ring, who arrived in Boston in 1640
  • John Ring, who landed in Massachusetts in 1654
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Ring Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Ring, a merchant of York County, Virginia whose tomb shows him to have died in 1702
  • Mary Ring, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Agnesia Ring, who arrived in Georgia sometime between 1733 and 1783
  • Tobias Ring, aged 22, landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Henry Christophel Ring, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
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Ring Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Ring, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • James Ring, on record in New York in 1818
  • Patrick Ring, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840
  • Dennis Ring, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1843
  • Cornelius Ring, aged 36, arrived in Missouri in 1848
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Ring Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Ring, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1762

Ring Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Lawrence Ring, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • William Ring, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "William" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Patrick Ring, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • Thomas Ring, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Ring Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Ring, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Ring, aged 62, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant"
  • Bridget Ring, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Ellen Ring, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Mary Ring, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"
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  • Brad Ring (b. 1987), American soccer player
  • Roger Royce Ring (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Harry Ring, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for New York State Comptroller, 1950
  • George E. Ring, American politician, Mayor of Beardstown, Illinois, 1953
  • Fred P. Ring, American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Cumberland County, 1919-20
  • Eugene F. Ring, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996
  • Elizabeth Ring, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 2000, 2004
  • Elizabeth Ring, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 3rd District, 1944
  • Eleanor R. Ring, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1960 (alternate), 1964 (alternate), 1972; Presidential Elector for California, 1968
  • Ben Ring, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1980
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  • Ancestors, Descendants and Other Relatives of Joseph Henry Ring and Sarah Ann Combs by Elma A. Ring.
  • Nathaniel Ring by Donald Levi McClure.
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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Ring Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ring Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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