Show ContentsRingwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Ringwood family

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.

Early History of the Ringwood family

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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.

Early Notables of the Ringwood family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Ringwood of Hampshire

Ireland Migration of the Ringwood family to Ireland

Some of the Ringwood 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 Ringwood migration to the United States +

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

Australia Ringwood migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ringwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Ringwood, a brick-maker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. Thomas Ringwood, English convict who was convicted in Wincester, Hampshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 1
  • Mary Ringwood, aged 29, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850 2
  • Mary Ringwood, aged 29, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire" 2
  • Robert Ringwood, aged 46, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar" 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Ringwood (post 1700) +

  • Michael Tally Ringwood (b. 1958), American general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2009
  • Bob Ringwood (b. 1946), British two-time Academy Award nominated costume designer, best known for making the Batsuit in Batman (1989)
  • Professor Alfred Edward "Ted" Ringwood (1930-1993), Australian experimental geophysicist and geochemist, the 1988 recipient of the Wollaston Medal, the mineral ringwoodite is named after him

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH EMPIRE 1850. Retrieved from
  3. South Australian Register Tuesday 2nd August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Calabar 1853. Retrieved on Facebook