Rampleys in England
Births, Marriages and Deaths
For the birth, marriage and death entries from the Family Records Centre go here.
Where do they Live?
Geographically, Suffolk has always had the greatest concentration of Rampleys. These two maps show the evolution over time of the name in the UK (note that county boundaries changed in 1974). None are now living in Wales, although one was living there until 1999.
The name Rampley seems to originate from West Suffolk, to where all branches
of the family link back. The earliest probable trace I have is in Walsham
le Willows in the 1283 list of taxpayers, where there is a Walter
Rampolye. The first recorded Rampley "criminal" seems to
have been Robert
Rampolye, who seems to have been fined for trespassing in Walsham
in 1316. Walsham is about ten miles from my ancestors' village of Sapiston.
The earliest exact name match I have found so far is from around 1350,
where the list of people killed in Walsham by the Black Death included
In the 1881-1901 censuses in the UK, there were the following numbers of people (unadjusted numbers*):
*In reality, many of those registered as "Ramply" are in families that today spell their name "Rampley". For example, in 1901, the adjusted numbers are: 186 Rampleys and 7 Ramplys.
On the 2002 UK electoral roll, there were 242 Rampleys in England (plus 2 in Scotland).
I estimate that there are about 400 Rampleys in England today. See the home page for a graph of population growth in the US and the UK.