Ringwald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ringwald is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ringwald family lived at Ringwood, in Hampshire. 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 Ringwald family

The surname Ringwald 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 Ringwald family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ringwald research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 168 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Ringwald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ringwald Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Ringwood, Ringewood, Ringwode and others.

Early Notables of the Ringwald family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Ringwald family to Ireland

Some of the Ringwald family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Ringwald migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Ringwald or a variant listed above:

Ringwald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Ringwald, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ringwald (post 1700) +

  • Sara Ringwald, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1940-48 [2]
  • C. James Ringwald, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 94th District, 1974 [2]
  • August Ringwald, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1928 [2]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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