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Ramsdale Surname Meaning

in N England perhaps a variant of Ramsden (1) as suggested by Redmonds Dictionary of Yorks Surnames citing Erasmus Ramsden or Ramsdail 1614–33 in Parish Registers (Addingham WR Yorks). Derivation from Ramsdale (NR Yorks) is also theoretically possible but Redmonds has been unable to find any evidence that it gave rise to a surname. For another example where -dale has been substituted for -den see Baxendale . in the Midlands occasionally from Ramsdale Farm in Arnold (Notts). The place-name may derive from Old English ramm ‘ram’ (genitive rammes) hramsa ‘wild garlic’ hræfn ‘raven’ (genitive hræfnes) or an Old English personal name *Hræfn (genitive *Hræfnes) + Old Scandinavian dalr ‘valley’. in Staffs perhaps a variant of Ransdale (2).

Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, 2016

Similar surnames: Ragsdale, Ramsdell, Dimsdale, Lansdale, Ramage, Ramsden, Ramadan

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You can see how Ramsdale families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ramsdale family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ramsdale families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 13 Ramsdale families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Ramsdale's in USA. New York had the highest population of Ramsdale families in 1840.
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What did your Ramsdale ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Mechanic and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ramsdale. 22% of Ramsdale men worked as a Mechanic and 60% of Ramsdale women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ramsdale were Farm Labor and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Mechanic
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Farm Labor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Ramsdale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2003, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ramsdale in 1963 was 74, and 54 in 2004.

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