The English surname Randall is of patronymic origin, deriving from the Middle English personal name Randel, a diminutive of Rand. The personal name Rand is a short form of any of the various Germanic compound personal names with the first element rand meaning “shield,” as for example Randolph. The first written reference to the name is Thomas Randel in the tax registers known as the "Feet of Fines" in 1250. William Randall was one of the early emigrants to the New England colonies of America. He left the port of London on board the ship "Expectation", bound for the Island of Providence, in the West Indies, in April 1635.
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