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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.

Ringwald Early Origins



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.

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Ringwald Spelling Variations


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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.

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Ringwald Early History


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Ringwald Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ringwald research. Another 149 words (11 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.

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Ringwald Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ringwald Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ringwald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ringwald In Ireland


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Ringwald In Ireland



Some of the Ringwald 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.

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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ringwald (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ringwald (post 1700)



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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Ringwald Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ringwald Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 8 January 2016 at 11:25.

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