Reposted from the Record Lookup Forum
From "The Surnames of Scotland" by Dr. G.F. Black
Ronald - a variant of Ranald.
Early examples are Jean Ronald, heiress of her father John Ronald in 1655
Thomas Ronnald, schoolmaster of the grammar school of Linlithgow, 1662.
Ranald is derived from the Norse Rognvald - once a common name in the Orkneys and the Hebrides.
It means " Ruler from the Gods". Other versions are Raghnall and Ragnall. The Norse did not use surnames but patronymics.
In Easter Ross it is pronounced Raoghalt (Ra'olt).
Early examples of its use as a surname include
John Rannald was a burgess of Glasgow 1463
Patrick Rannald held a tenement in Linlithgow, 1472.
Thomas Rawnald was burgess of Dumbarton 1500
Malcolm Ranalde held a tenement in Glasgow 1506.
The Chiefs of Keppoch are styled Mac Mhic Raghnaill, after Ragnall who was beheaded in Elgin in 1547.
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