I am a Ragin and did some research about 20 years ago on the name.I live in the Washington, D. C. area so I was able to use the National Archives.I found the first Ragin listed in the census as William Ragin from around 17XX.I forgot the exact year but have a copy somewhere. I was able to find my grandparents in the Clarendon County census of 1900.They were kids at the time. I keep a copy of that record however framed on my office wall.I am a granddaughter of the late Elijah and Mary Ragin who lived in the St. Paul area. My great grandparents were June and Linda Ragin.
I received information from the other side of the family that "William Ragin and wife Lucy immigrated from the village of Eyemets, department of La Dordogne, France about the year of 1738 as part of the French Huguenot people who settled in and around Charleston, S. C.".The decendants of William Ragin and his wife Lucy settled in the Summerton area and engaged in farming."Some of their old family records recorded a number of slaves on the place."It was suggested that after the Civil War when the slaves were freed many of the slaves took the owner's name for their own last names.
Like so many others, whenever I travel, I always look in the telephone directory for Ragin.I consider all Ragins as my relatives and feel highly honored to be identified therewith.