Ringewood is a name that was brought to England
by the ancestors of the Ringewood family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The Ringewood family lived at Ringwood,
. Since in Old English the word hring
meant both circle and boundary,
it is thought that the name of this place indicated was a reference to the edge of a forest.
Early Origins of the Ringewood family
The surname Ringewood was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Ringwood. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in the year 1086, a survey of England
initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his Conquest of England
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D., Ringwood was held as King's land and the holder is not named. As was the Norman custom the second son of the Norman holder of the land assumed the name of the Manor and village. In 1086, the village held two mills.
Early History of the Ringewood family
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Ringewood Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ringewood have been found, including Ringwood, Ringewood, Ringwode and others.
Early Notables of the Ringewood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ringewood family to Ireland
Some of the Ringewood family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 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 Ringewood family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ringewood were among those contributors: Robert Ringwood who landed in North America in 1753.