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Where did the English Raisbeck family come from? When did the Raisbeck family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Raisbeck family history?
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Raisbeck include Rastick, Rastich, Raistrick, Raistrich, Rasticke and many more.
First found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where the earliest record of the name was found as Rastric (Rastrick) in the Domesday Book. There we found two entries for the place: the first in Morley Wapentake and the second in the West Riding. (both entries are referring to the same place)  Today Rastrick is a village in the West Riding near Brighouse and Huddersfield where remains of an ancient fort have been found at Castle Hill. The name was derived from the Old Scandinavian word "rost" + the Old English word "ric" and probably meant "raised strip or ridge with a resting place" 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raisbeck research. Another 174 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1274, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Raisbeck History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Raisbecks to arrive on North American shores:
Raisbeck Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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