The name Ringroes came to England
with the ancestors of the Ringroes family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ringroes 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 Ringroes family
The surname Ringroes 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 Ringroes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ringroes research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1686 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Ringroes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ringroes Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Ringrose, Ryngrose, Ryngerose, Ringerose and others.
Early Notables of the Ringroes 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 Ringroes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ringroes family to Ireland
Some of the Ringroes 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 Ringroes family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ringroes or a variant listed above: John Ringerose who landed in North America in 1700.