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

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Razo family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Razo is a nickname type of surname for a person of regal bearing or a person who played a king in a local festival. Looking back further, we find the name Razo was derived from the Old French word "roy," meaning "king."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ray, Rays, Raie, Raies, Raye, Rayes, Rée, Rées, Rait, Rey, Reys, Rei, Reis, Duray, Leray, De Laray, Laray, du Ray, de Ray, Delurey and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Razo research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1098, 1306, 1330, 1470, 1533, 1570, 1583, 1645, 1726, and 1803 are included under the topic Early Razo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Razo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Razo Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Sam Razo, who arrived in Mississippi in 1899

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  • Eusebio "Eddie" Razo Jr. (1966-2012), Mexican-born American jockey
  • Óscar Francisco Razo Ventura (b. 1984), Mexican professional football defender


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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: Gracieuseté de Ray
Motto Translation: The graciousness of Ray

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