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Where did the English Ratfart family come from? What is the English Ratfart family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ratfart family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ratfart family history?

The origins of the Ratfart name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived beside a marsh or reedy ford. Ratfart is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ratfart were recorded, including Radford, Ratford and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ratfart research. Another 238 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ratfart History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ratfart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Ratfart family emigrate to North America: Cornelius Radford who was banished to Barbados in 1685; Heny Radford settled in St. Christopher in 1635; George, William, and Richard Radford settled in Virginia in 1637.

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The Ratfart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ratfart Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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