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Ringwood is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ringwood 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.

Ringwood Early Origins



The surname Ringwood 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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Ringwood Spelling Variations


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Ringwood Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Ringwood has been recorded under many different variations, including Ringwood, Ringewood, Ringwode and others.

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Ringwood Early History


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Ringwood Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ringwood research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 168 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Ringwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ringwood Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ringwood Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Ringwood In Ireland


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Ringwood In Ireland



Some of the Ringwood 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


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Ringwoods were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Ringwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Ringwood who landed in North America in 1753

Ringwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Ringwood, a brick-maker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mary Ringwood, aged 29, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"
  • Mary Ringwood, aged 29, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Robert Ringwood, aged 46, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ringwood (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ringwood (post 1700)



  • Professor Alfred Edward Ringwood, Professor of Geochemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

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    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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    The Ringwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ringwood 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 4 December 2014 at 14:59.

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