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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Raffle, Raffles, Rayffles, Rayfles, Raveles, Rafvles and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, 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 Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rayfield research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1215 and 1361 are included under the topic Early Rayfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rayfield Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William J Rayfield, who landed in America in 1803

Rayfield Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mrs. Rayfield, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1910
  • John Rayfield, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1918
  • James Rayfield, aged 18, who emigrated to America, in 1919
  • Thomas Rayfield, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1919
  • Frederick Rayfield, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1920


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  • Wallace A. Rayfield (1874-1941), the second formally educated practicing African American architect in the United States
  • Private Walter Leigh Rayfield VC (1881-1949), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War
  • Donald Rayfield (b. 1942), professor of Russian and Georgian at the University of London
  • Emily Rayfield, British palaeontologist
  • Lee Stephen Rayfield (b. 1955), British former Lecturer in Immunology at the University of London


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In cruce triumphans
Motto Translation: Triumphing in the cross.

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  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Rayfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rayfield 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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