Ruglass is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ruglass 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 Ruglass family
The surname Ruglass 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 Ruglass family
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Ruglass 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 Ruggle, Ruggles and others.
Early Notables of the Ruglass family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ruglass 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 Ruglass 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