Today's generation of the Ringwode family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ringwode 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 Ringwode family
The surname Ringwode 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 Ringwode family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ringwode research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 168 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Ringwode History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ringwode Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ringwode include Ringwood, Ringewood, Ringwode and others.
Early Notables of the Ringwode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ringwode family to Ireland
Some of the Ringwode 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 Ringwode family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Ringwodes to arrive on North American shores: Robert Ringwood who landed in North America in 1753.