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Raffield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms




Early Origins of the Raffield family


The surname Raffield was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn 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.

Arthur J. Raffles is a British fictional character (a cricketer and gentleman thief) created by E. W. Hornung, who appeared in 26 short stories, two plays and a novel between 1898 and 1909.


Early History of the Raffield family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raffield research.
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Raffield Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Raffield family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Raffield family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Wm. Raffle, who came to Virginia in 1652; Thomas Raffles, who settled in Jamaica in 1754; Benjamin Raffles, who arrived in Antigua in 1755; and Robert Raffle, who settled in Allegheny Co., PA in 1860..

Contemporary Notables of the name Raffield (post 1700)


  • Tom Raffield, English artist and designer maker, recipient of the Lighting Design Association’s Lighting Design Award 2011
  • Paul Raffield (b. 1957), British academic, director and actor

The Raffield Motto


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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