Did English COE baptismal christian names render Randolph or Randall into Ralph

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Certainly the England Birth & Christenings (1538/1975) record Ralph as father of the children you post. Probaly the name he was known as.

 Ralph though I suspect was baptised Randoll Morgan,3 June 1579 Keele, Staffordshire the son of Edward Morgan. 

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5KC-4PM

There was though a Margrt (Margaret) baptised 21 March 1592/3 Keele, St. John the Baptist, recorded as daughter of Randl Morgan. Probably too early for Ralph's daughter

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QL3L-QRDV

by Anonymous Woody G2G6 Mach 1 (15.1k points)

Thanks, Woody-1569. 

Yes, I have subsequently found other Ralphs in my tree whose baptismal names are Randolphus.
I did find Margrt as you quote, but this implies age of 12-13 as Randoll’s age at her birth, possible but unlikely, and would have been indicated as a ‘base birth’. Alternative explanation is that Margt’s  father was more likely Morgan-30468”s father or uncle. 
If there is but one Randall, one must acknowledge one child in 1592, and the next recorded one about 20 years later. Suggests either two persons, a loss of many records,  a prolonged period as a widower, or a prolonged period of infertility. 
So much speculation!

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