The history of the Ringrows family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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 Ringrows family
The surname Ringrows 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 Ringrows family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ringrows research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1686 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Ringrows History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ringrows Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Ringrose, Ryngrose, Ryngerose, Ringerose and others.
Early Notables of the Ringrows 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 Ringrows Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ringrows family to Ireland
Some of the Ringrows 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 Ringrows family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Ringrows or a variant listed above were: John Ringerose who landed in North America in 1700.