Ruggleagh is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ruggleagh family lived in Suffolk
. 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The name Rudgely is of the same derivation and shares its coat of arms with the Ruggles family.
Early Origins of the Ruggleagh family
The surname Ruggleagh was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ruggleagh family
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Ruggleagh Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Ruggle, Ruggles and others.
Early Notables of the Ruggleagh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ruggleagh family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Ruggleagh or a variant listed above: Thomas Ruggle, who settled in Roxbury Massachusetts in 1637 and was originally of Suffolk; Joe and Barbarie Ruggells, and their two children Joseph and Josephine settled in New England