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

Today's generation of the Raymond family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman personal name Raimund. This name is composed of the elements ragin, meaning counsel, and mund, meaning protection.


Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Raymond, Rayment, Raymonds, Raymon and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raymond research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1626, 1683, 1680, 1st , 1673, 1733 and 1725 are included under the topic Early Raymond History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raymond Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Raymond family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Raymond or a variant listed above:

Raymond Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John and William Raymond, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • William Raymond, who settled in New Hampshire in 1631
  • Richard Raymond, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Arthur Raymond, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Arthur Raymond, who arrived in Virginia in 1637

Raymond Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Raymond settled in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1719
  • Joseph Raymond, aged 27, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jean Raymond, aged 40, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Margaretha Gratia Raymond, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Peter Raymond, who arrived in America in 1777-1783

Raymond Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Pedro Raymond, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • John Raymond, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1851


  • Alex Raymond (1908-1956), American (French born) creator of "Flash Gordon" and "Jungle Jim"
  • Arthur Emmons Raymond (1899-1999), American aeronautical engineer, who led the team that designed the DC-3 airplane
  • Henry Jarvis Raymond (1820-1869), American journalist and politician, co-founder of The New York Times in 1851 and representative from New York from 1865-1867
  • Gene Raymond (1908-1998), American actor
  • Alexander Gillespie Raymond (1909-1956), American strip cartoonist
  • Lieutenant Claude Raymond (1923-1945), Irish soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII
  • Marcel Raymond (1897-1981), Swiss literary critic
  • Simone David Raymond (1912-2012), Canadian Hospital Administrator in Quebec


  • Raymond Genealogy by Samuel Edward Raymond.

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The Raymond Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raymond 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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