In ancient Scotland
, Rett was first used as a surname by descendants of the Boernician
tribe. It is a name for a carpenter.
The surname Rett is a derivative of the Old English word wyrhta,
which means a worker
or, in specific, a woodworker, carpenter, craftsmen of watermills or windmills.
In medieval rolls, the name was often Latinized as Faber.
Early Origins of the Rett family
The surname Rett was first found in Berwickshire
an ancient county of Scotland
, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where the Rett family held a seat from ancient times. Some of the earliest records include Rauf le Wrighte, burgess of Stirling
, and Thomas le Whright of Blakenhall in Lanarkshire
, who rendered homage to King Edward I
in 1296, on his brief conquest of Scotland
. Richard Wricht or Richard dictus Wright was listed in Aberdeen in 1342 and Malcolm Vrycht was a charter witness there in 1362. In the same year, Robert Wryhyt, a carpenter of Berwick, was employed on the roof of the chapel and hall called "la Blakhalle" of the Castle of Berwick. Richard Wryth was perpetual chaplain of St. Clement the Martyr in Dundee in 1427. 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 Rett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rett research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1342, 1398, 1492, 1462, 1734, 1797, 1795, 1852 and are included under the topic Early Rett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rett Spelling Variations
In the Middles Ages scribes spelled names by their sound. Often a name was written under a different spelling variation each time it was recorded. Rett has appeared as Wright, Right, Write, Wrighte and others.
Early Notables of the Rett family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Wrycht who was concerned in a law dispute in Aberdeen in 1398; Richard Writht who was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1492; William Wrythe with the consent and assent... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rett family to Ireland
Some of the Rett family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rett family to the New World and Oceana
The ancestors of Boernician-Scottish settlers dot North America even today. They settled all along the east coast when they came over, but some went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the War of Independence
. However, these strong lines endured as Scottish families in the United States and Canada have rediscovered much of the heritage that was taken from them centuries ago. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Rett, or a variant listed above: Robert Wright, who settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife, Richard Wright and his wife Margaret, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 with their daughter, Richard Wright, who settled in Virginia in 1636.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rett (post 1700)
- Rett Swyers (b. 1997), born Everett Daniel Swyers, American actor, known for his role in Antique Humans (2006)
The Rett 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 Translation: Deserve.