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Ruland is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ruland family lived in Lincolnshire. This name is a topographical reference to land owned by the Rye family in this county. Rye is also topographical and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived near to a field of rye, and was distinguished by this proximity.

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The surname Ruland was first found in Lincolnshire 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.

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 Ryland, Roylance, Rylander, Rilands, Rylands and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruland research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1822 are included under the topic Early Ruland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ruland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ruland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Joanna Ruland U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784

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  • Jim Ruland, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 16th District, 2012
  • Arthur J. Ruland, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 34th District, 1942
  • Arthur J. Ruland, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Broome County, 1912


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