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Where did the English Rillie family come from? What is the English Rillie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rillie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rillie family history?Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Rillie is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the village of Raleigh in the county of Devon. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English ra leah meaning a meadow for deer.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Rillie has been spelled many different ways, including Raleigh, Rawleigh, Rawley, Rawle, Rawles and others.
First found in Devon where one of the first records of the name was William de Raley (or William de Ralegh or William Raleigh) (died 1250) a medieval judge, administrator and bishop.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rillie research. Another 303 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1552, 1618, 1605 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Rillie History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 133 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rillie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Rillie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Rillies to arrive in North America: Sarah Rawleigh settled with her husband in Virginia in 1663; Mary Rawles settled in Virginia in 1653; Elizabeth Rawleigh settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.
The Rillie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rillie 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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