The surname of RANDALL was a baptismal name 'the son of Randolph, from the nickname Randle. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. Early records of the name mention Randal of the County of Yorkshire in 1204. Richard Randall of the County of Surrey was documented in the year 1547. Randall Smythe and Mary Lightfoot were married in London in 1571. Alexander, son of Christofer Randall was baptised at St, Michael, Cornhill, London in 1637. Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. A notable member of the name was Samuel Jackson Randall (1828-1890) the American Democratic statesman, born in Philadelphia. He was a member of the House of Representatives between 1863 and 1890, and as a speaker he codified the rules of the House and considerably strengthend the speaker's power. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function of the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The name is also spelt Randell.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard
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