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This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places so called. It derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "hramsa" meaning wild garlic, or possibly the genitive case of the Olde English byname "Ram(m)" meaning Ram, plus "denu", valley. There are villages called Ramsden Essex, Kent, Oxfordshire, and Warwickshire, but the surname is most widespread in Yorkshire. "Ramsden" in the parish of Kirkburton being a well-recorded instance. The surname dates back to the late 12th Century (see below).

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