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The name Ruggles came to England with the ancestors of the Ruggles family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ruggles 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 of England in 1066. [1]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.

Ruggles Early Origins



The surname Ruggles 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.

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Ruggles Spelling Variations


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Ruggles Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Ruggle, Ruggles and others.

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Ruggles Early History


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Ruggles Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruggles research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruggles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruggles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ruggles Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ruggles or a variant listed above:

Ruggles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Ruggles settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630 along with Geoffrey, John and Margaret
  • John and Frances Ruggles and their child settled in Boston in 1630
  • Jeffrey Ruggles, who landed in New England in 1630
  • George Ruggles, who arrived in New England in 1634
  • Thomas Ruggles, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1639
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ruggles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Ruggles settled in Boston in 1716

Ruggles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Ruggles, aged 20, landed in New York in 1812
  • E W Ruggles, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

Ruggles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Timothy Ruggles U.E. from Massachusetts, USA who settled in North Mountain, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia c. 1784 he served in the King's American Dragoons, married to Bathesheba Bourne having 7 children, he died in 1795 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruggles (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruggles (post 1700)



  • William R. Ruggles, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Annapolis Royal, 1863-72
  • William H. Ruggles, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1872
  • William B. Ruggles, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1876; Member of New York State Assembly from Steuben County 1st District, 1876-77
  • Sherman B. Ruggles, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Brookfield, 1866
  • Philo Ruggles, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1821-22
  • Samuel B. Ruggles, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1838
  • Nathaniel S. Ruggles, American politician, Rhode Island Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1832
  • Nathaniel Ruggles (1761-1819), American politician, Representative from Massachusetts, 1813-19
  • John Ruggles (1789-1874), American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives, 1823-31; Speaker of the Maine State House of Representatives, 1825-29, 1831; U.S. Senator from Maine, 1835-41
  • Henry Ruggles, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 11th District, 1839-40
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

The Ruggles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruggles 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.

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