The proud Norman name of Ruggs was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was name for a person associated with the color red, whether through hair color, clothing, or complexion. Accordingly, the name is derived from the Old French word ruge,
Early Origins of the Ruggs family
The surname Ruggs was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Felmingham. This ancient manor dates back to the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a survey of England
taken in 1086 by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066 A.D. In the survey, the village, which also included a Mill and Church, was held from the King by Ashford, Roger Bigod, and the Abbot of Holme. Conjecturally the family name Rugg is descended from one of these Norman nobles, although which one is uncertain.
Early History of the Ruggs family
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Ruggs Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ruggs have been found, including Rugg, Rug, Rugge and others.
Early Notables of the Ruggs family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ruggs family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ruggs were among those contributors: Benjamin Rugg who settled in Virginia in 1643; followed by Honnor Rugg in 1670; John and Richard Rugg also settled in Virginia in 1670; M. Rugg settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852..