Russal is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Russal family lived in Shropshire
, at Rossall Manor
, from whence their name is derived. Another derivation places the origin of the name at Rossall Point
, a headland in Lancashire
, just north of Shropshire
. It is difficult to say which of these preceded the other, due to inadequate records of the time. However, due to the relatively close proximity of the two counties, it is quite likely that the two origins are connected in a way lost to the historical record.
Early Origins of the Russal family
The surname Russal was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and were Lords of the manor of Rossall, originally named Rosela. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066, the holdings were known as the Isle of Rossall, held by the Church of St. Chad. A junior branch of this name gave its name to Rossall in Lancashire
which was also included in 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)
but on which the records are now lost.
Early History of the Russal family
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Russal Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Russal family name include Rossal, Rossall, Rossale, Rosal, Rosall, Rosale and many more.
Early Notables of the Russal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Russal family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Russal family to immigrate North America: Thomas Rassall, who settled in Maryland in 1739; and Richard Rossall, who applied for naturalization in New York in 1856.