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Lineage Chart for RANDLE
Sources used to create above chart
OneWorldTree, Ancestry.com - [ not substantiated ]
Rootsweb World Connect - Salmond_to_Adam_OneWorldTree6
Extracts from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lewgriffin/p568.htm
[1] Will of John Randle/Randall b.1705
History of Weymouth, Massachusetts pp 4_559-561
US Census: 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 - last available year
Social Security Death Index
Florida Death / Divorce Index
Florida Records Indexes
Wayne Hepburn personal knowledge obtained from individuals or records
Author has found conflicting facts for generations 1, 2 and 3 on chart.

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Randle Family Origins  

Surname: Randle

This interesting surname is English, and occasionally Scottish. It has two possible origins. The first is from the Middle English given name "Randel", a diminutive of the personal name "Rande", to which was added the Norman French diminutive suffix "-el"; meaning little, to give Little Rand or more likely son of Rande. Rande meaning shield, was a first element in many pre 7th century Anglo-Saxon and Germanic compound personal names, such as the popular Randolph.

The second source is a form of the Olde English personal names Randwulf or Randulf, themselves from the Norse-Viking name "Rondulfr", and derived from the elements meaning shield and wolf.

The personal name was first recorded as Randal, in the assize court rolls of the county of Yorkshire, England, in the year 1204, whilst in Scotland possibly the first surname recording is that of Harry Randell, of Orkney, in 1436. The modern surname can be found as Randall, Randell, Randle, Rendall, Rendell and Rendle, and amongst the early interesting recordings is that of William Randall.

He was one of the early emigrants to the New England colonies of America. He left the port of London on board the ship "Expectacon", bound for the Island of Providence, in the West Indies, in April 1635. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Randel. This was dated 1250, in the tax registers known as the "Feet of Fines", during the reign of King Henry 111rd of England, 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.


Randle Name Meaning and History
English: variant spelling of Randall.
Americanized spelling of Randel.

English: from the Middle English personal name Randel, a diminutive of Rand with the Anglo-Norman French hypocoristic suffix -el.

French: from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Rando, a short form of various compound names formed with rand ‘(shield) rim’ as the first element. Compare Randall.

South German: from a pet form of a compound name such as Reinhardt or Randolf.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 at Ancestry.com

Map approximating British Isles with various Randle origins highlighted.
Orange = Devonshire
Blue = Middlesex
Yellow = Yorkshire
Green = Orkney [islands north of Scotland]


Armorial bearings: left adapted and redrawn by author from arms displayed at houseofnames.com for the English variants of Randle. Right displayed at heraldry.ws for Irish variant Randall. To date no recorded blazon for any variant has been found.

Quote "Known variations of the randle family name include Randall, Rendle, Randal, Rendel, Rendell and others. First found in Devonshire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects." http://houseofnames.com

Migration Routes  

Around 1600 or so [1598 - 1608], Robert Randall was born in England; probably in Wendover, Bucks County or Middlesex County where his brother William's will was probated. Historians assert that Robert was in Weymouth, Massachusetts before 1640.

Robert's grandson John Jr was born at Norfolk, Virginia between 1673 and 1678. This John began the randle line which is the subject of this web site.

Almost exactly a century after John was born at Norfolk, his great grandson William migrated to Georgia. William's son Thomas and wife Mary made the move from Georgia to Mississippi before 1854 where the next three generations lived until William Yancey Randle made the final move to Duval County, Florida. His son William Y jr married Frances Goff in Jacksonville where he established the final leg of this family line, until his passing in 2007.

William sired two sons, William and John who produced several children, granchildren and great grandchildren.

If time and more intensive research show that Robert Randall of England is not this line's progenitor in the New World, it is still fairly certain that John Randle, born in Virginia, is the earliest Randle ancestor for those named in the chart.

Factoids for Randle - Randall - Randel  

The prepoderance of Randle surname families emigrated to America from England as shown in these compilations. Great Britain could be any of the nations in the British Commo9nwealth. Observe that those spelling the name RandEL are two-thirds fron non English speaking countries. They may not be related to the original Randalls, although given the name origin these may be descended from the Nordic people who used the name Rand in various combinations.

Three hundred plus years after the first Randall/Randle emigrated to the colonies, there remain many of the surname in England. There are more RandALLs in England than RandLEs. But in County Warwickshire there were roughly even numbers using the two spellings. Otherwise, the concentrations seem to vary across the land. The RandEL families are widely distributed but they total only 26 families at most, while RandLE totals as many as 900 and RandALL totals above 4,000. The visual display leads one to think there are a great many in a particular area until one studies the actual numbers below the graphic.

In 1840 there were fewer than 50 Randle families in the United States. In the ensuing eighty years their numbers multiplied many times over and they spread to every one of the fifty states.

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