The name Ruggeley was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ruggeley family lived in Staffordshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Rugles,
a village in the department of Eure, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The name Ruggles is of the same derivation and shares its coat of arms with the Rudgely family.
Early Origins of the Ruggeley family
The surname Ruggeley was first found in Staffordshire
at Rugeley, a historic market town and parish that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Rugelie CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "woodland clearing on or near a ridge" having derived from the Old English "hrycg" + "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
At that time, the lands were shown to be the King's lands and consisted of a mill and a village. Over the years the town has also been historically known as Rudgeley or Ridgeley. The manor of Rugeley was granted by Henry VIII to William, first Lord Paget, ancestor of the Marquess of Anglesey
, the present lord of the manor. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ruggeley family
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Ruggeley 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 Rugeley, Rudgely, Rugelay, Rogyll, Rudgeley, Rudgelie, Rudglie, Rudgley, Ruggeley, Ruggely, Rugley, Ruggley and many more.
Early Notables of the Ruggeley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ruggeley family to Ireland
Some of the Ruggeley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 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 Ruggeley family to the New World and Oceana
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 Atlantic. 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 Ruggeley or a variant listed above: George Rudglie who settled in Barbados in 1635.