Ringerose is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ringerose family lived in Yorkshire
. The name is thought to be a combination of the names of two areas, Ringborough and Roos, both of which were held by the same tenant
in Chief. Since it was the Norman custom for all but the first son to take the name of the land which the family held it is thought that the name is a rare combined derivation.
Early Origins of the Ringerose family
The surname Ringerose was first found in Yorkshire
but the ancient origin of this name is obscure. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
The first on record is John Ringerose who was listed in Norwich in 1259. John Ringros was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1332 and Thomas Ryngotherose was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in the same year. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Stephen Ryngros was Chaplain of St. Mary's in Scarborough in Yorkshire
in the year 1582. Conjecturally they may be of Norse origin, from Hringr, but this would date back so far that for all intents and purposes they would have become immersed in the Norman culture. The name, however, seems to have caught the attention and imagination of the first Queen Elizabeth, for she commanded a Hampshire
gentleman to adopt the name of Colonel John Ringrose about the same year and bade him journey to Ireland
to seek his fortune. The Irish herald, however, claims he was from Yorkshire
, and settled in East Clare in the south of Ireland
. At the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 there were two villages in the East Riding of Yorkshire, one Ringborough and the other Roos. Both of these villages were held by a Norman noble and tenant-in-chief, Drogo de Beuvriere, CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and, as it was the custom for junior sons to take the surname of their village, the name may have derived from a combination of these two village names and be directly descended from Drogo Ring-Roos.
Early History of the Ringerose family
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Ringerose Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ringerose include Ringrose, Ryngrose, Ryngerose, Ringerose and others.
Early Notables of the Ringerose family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Stephen Ryngros, Chaplain of St. Mary's, in Scarborough in Yorkshire
. Mention should also be made of the infamous Basil Ringrose (d.1686) the noted buccaneer, navigator, geographer and author. He died during... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ringerose Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ringerose family to Ireland
Some of the Ringerose family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ringerose family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Ringeroses to arrive on North American shores:
Ringerose Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Ringerose who landed in North America in 1700