The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Rapson is derived from the personal name Robert.
This name is composed of the old English elements hroth,
which means fame,
which means bright.
Although this Clan
had the early appearance of being English, the Robsons were one of the four principal Clans of the North Tyne area just south of the Scottish Border in the sixteenth century. Their progenitor was Robert, the second son of George Gunn, the Crowner of Scotland
. The Gunn Clan
territories were in northern Scotland
and they were of Norse origin together with their overlords, the Sinclairs.
Early Origins of the Rapson family
The surname Rapson was first found in Northumberland
, where the name was quite distinct from both Robinson and Robertson, although in early records of the Clan
the Robson name was frequently spelled Robison, literally Robi's son.
The name first appears soon after the death of George Gunn in the 15th century: Patrick Robson was recorded in 1436, Donald Robson in 1446 and Wyllie Robyson witnessed a feud in 1476. From this point the Clan flourished on both sides of the border, with the Chiefly branch on the Scottish side. It is not altogether surprising that with this Clan straddling the England- Scotland border a John and Edward Robison were charged with defrauding the king's customs in 1524. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Rapson family
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Rapson Spelling Variations
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations
in names were common even among members of one family unit. Rapson has appeared Robson, Robison, Robeson, Robisonn and others.
Early Notables of the Rapson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rapson family to Ireland
Some of the Rapson family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rapson family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rapson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Rapson, who landed in Canada in 1832
Rapson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Rapson, aged 24, a copper miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
- Sarah A. Rapson, aged 18, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
Rapson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Frederick Rapson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
Contemporary Notables of the name Rapson (post 1700)
- Rip Rapson, American president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, a national foundation
- Ralph Rapson 111 (1914-2008), American architect, the head of architecture at the University of Minnesota
- Richard L. Rapson (b. 1937), American professor of History at the University of Hawaii
- Ira John Rapson (b. 1953), American jazz trombonist and educator
- Sydney Norman John "Syd" Rapson (b. 1942), British politician, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth North (1997-2005)
- William Sage Rapson (1912-1999), New Zealand organic chemist
The Rapson 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: Justus esto et non metue
Motto Translation: Be just and fear not