The name Ringewoold was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Ringewoold 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 Ringewoold family
The surname Ringewoold 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 Ringewoold family
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Ringewoold Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Ringewoold are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ringewoold include Ringwood, Ringewood, Ringwode and others.
Early Notables of the Ringewoold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ringewoold family to Ireland
Some of the Ringewoold 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 Ringewoold family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Ringewoold, or a variant listed above: Robert Ringwood who landed in North America in 1753.