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Spelling variations of this family name include: Runciman, Runcie, Runcieman, Runchman, Runcy and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat since the arrival of their Norman ancestors with Duke William the Conqueror in 1066. The name, being of Norman origin comes from an Old French word: "roncin," meaning "workhorse." Undoubtedly of occupational origin, the name was probably given to someone who tended to workhorses. Another possibility is that it was given to a "workhorse" of a person, ie one who did hard physical labor for a living.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ronson research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1276, 1697, 1736, 1744, 1766, and 1785 are included under the topic Early Ronson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ronson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Ronson, who arrived in Ontario in 1871
  • George Ronson, who arrived in Ontario in 1871
  • James Ronson, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Ronson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Ronson, aged 33, a blacksmith, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Mary Ronson, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Caroline Ronson, aged 4, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Lydia Ronson, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Mary Ronson, aged 3 mths., arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864

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  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Ronson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ronson 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 27 October 2010 at 14:16.

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