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Where did the English Ruland family come from? What is the English Ruland family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ruland family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ruland family history?

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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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.

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.


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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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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 Ruland or a variant listed above: Thomas Ryland, who settled in Virginia in 1650.

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