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Recorded as Ragdale, Ragsdale, Ragsdall and possibly others, this is an English locational surname. It originates from Ragdale, given as being a hamlet in the county of Leicestershire, near the town of Melton Mowbray. Quite why Ragdale first mentioned in the famous Domesday Book of 1086 as Ragendele, and implying the name of "moss valley" should be so-named is a mystery. "Dale" is a Viking word associated with North Yorkshire and perhaps the Peak District, but hardly the flat lands of Leicestershire.

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