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The origins of the Welsh name Rice go back to those ancient Celts known as the Britons that once occupied the hills and Moors of Wales. This old Welsh surname is from the Welsh personal name Rhys, which also took the forms Rice and Rees. This name was originally derived from the Old Welsh forename Ris, which means ardour.

Rice Early Origins



The surname Rice was first found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Rice Spelling Variations


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Rice Spelling Variations



Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Rice name over the years has been spelled Rice, Rees, Rhys and others.

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Rice Early History


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Rice Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rice research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Rice History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rice Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rice Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rice In Ireland


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Rice In Ireland



Some of the Rice family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Rice:

Rice Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Rice who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Ann Rice, aged 23, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Edmund Rice (c.1594–1663), English Deacon in the Puritan Church, born in Stanstead, Suffolk, emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1638
  • John Rice settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Richard Rice settled in Virginia in 1650

Rice Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Carleton Rice, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Daniel Rice, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1764

Rice Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ally Rice, who landed in New London, Conn in 1811
  • Biddy Rice, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Charles Rice, aged 36, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Canlan Rice, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1816
  • Bridget Rice, aged 6, landed in New York, NY in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rice Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • David Rice, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Benjamin Rice, who arrived in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Beriah Rice, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760

Rice Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Rice, aged 39, a servant, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Catherine Rice, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • Ann Rice, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • John Rice, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary Rice, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rice Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Rice, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Catherine Rice, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Mary Rice, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Janet Rice arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839
  • Frederick Wm. Rice, aged 26, a miller, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rice Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Rice arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Edward Rice arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
  • Silas Rice, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Annie Emma Rice, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Henry John Rice, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rice (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rice (post 1700)



  • Bonny "Mack" Rice (1933-2016), also known as Sir Mack Rice, an American songwriter and singer
  • William Rice (1939-2016), American food editor for The Washington Post, Food & Wine and critic at the Chicago Tribune
  • Edward E. Rice, American politician, U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong, 1964-67
  • Edward A. Rice, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Freeport, New York, 1947
  • Edward E. Rice, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 5th District, 1909-10
  • Edmund Rice (1819-1889), American Democrat politician, Member of Minnesota territorial House of Representatives 3rd District, 1851; Member of Minnesota State Senate, 1864-65, 1873-74
  • E. R. Rice, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1956
  • Earl Rice, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1980
  • Mrs. E. M. Rice, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1924
  • E. C. Rice, American politician, Mayor of Coffeyville, Kansas, 1909, 1911-12
  • ... (Another 258 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Rice Historic Events


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Rice Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Edward Rice, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Clara Evelyn  Rice, Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Frank D.  Rice, Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Desmond Maxwell Rice (1924-1941), Australian Stoker 3rd Class from Elwood, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Herbert F Rice (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Henry Rice, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Francis Rice, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Michael Rice, Irish Fireman from Armagh, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Stephen Rice, Irish Fireman from County Armagh, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Reginald Rice (d. 1912), aged 25, English Clerk from Crosby, Lancashire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. Charles Rice (d. 1912), aged 32, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Margaret Rice (d. 1912), (née Norton), aged 39, Irish Third Class passenger from Athlone, Westmeath who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Master Albert Rice (d. 1912), aged 10, Irish Third Class passenger from Athlone, Westmeath who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Master George Hugh Rice (d. 1912), aged 8, Irish Third Class passenger from Athlone, Westmeath who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • ... (Another 3 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Rice


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Suggested Readings for the name Rice



  • A Genealogical Register of Edmund Rice Descendants by Lowther Ellis.
  • Henry Rice (1717-1818), the Pioneer Tennessee Gristmiller and his Twelve Children by Melvin Weaver Little.

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Motto


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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: Secret et hardi
Motto Translation: Secret and bold.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Rice Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rice 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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