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The name Raby arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Raby family lived in Durham, in the parish of Raby, from whence their name is derived.

Raby Early Origins



The surname Raby was first found in Durham at Raby, a village that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Rabie. The place name literally means "farmstead or village at a boundary." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
At that time, it was in Cheshire, part of the Willaston Hundred and was rather small, having land enough for one plough. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Today, Raby Castle stands on a 200 acre deer park near Staindrop, Durham and was originally built by John Neville, 3rd Baron Neville de Raby in the late 1300s. Since then it has been resold a few times and is today open to the public boasting one to the finest collection of artwork by old masters.

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Raby Spelling Variations


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Raby Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Raby, Rabey, Rabay and others.

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Raby Early History


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Raby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raby research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Raby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Raby Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Raby or a variant listed above:

Raby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Raby on record in New England in 1630
  • Robert Raby, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Raby, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Raby, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John and Thomas Raby, who settled in Jamaica in 1685

Raby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Raby, who arrived in Virginia in 1712 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Raby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martha Raby, aged 58, who arrived in New York in 1868 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Catherine Raby, aged 1, who landed in America from Lancashire, in 1893
  • Mary Raby, aged 23, who landed in America from Lancashire, in 1893

Raby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry George Raby, aged 28, who landed in America from Brinton Norfolk, in 1904
  • Elizabeth Mary Raby, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Brinton Norfolk, in 1904
  • Edgar A. Raby, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Annie Raby, aged 38, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1915
  • Herbert Matthew Raby, aged 34, who landed in America from St. Issey, England, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Raby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Raby (post 1700)



  • Noah Raby (1822-1904), American who claimed to be 131 years old and having fought in the War of 1812, however he was listed as 28 years old in the 1850 census
  • James Joseph Raby (1874-1934), American rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, eponym of the destroyer escort USS Raby (DE-698)
  • Al Raby, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Ethel Mabel Raby (b. 1914), English two-time silver medalist athlete at the 1938 British Empire Games
  • William "Joe" Raby (1873-1954), English footballer
  • Rear-Admiral Henry James Raby VC (1827-1907), English Royal Navy officer, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Ian Raby (1921-1967), English racing car driver
  • Sir Victor Raby (1897-1990), English Under Secretary of State
  • Geoffrey William "Geoff" Raby (b. 1953), Australian economist and diplomat, Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (2007-2011)
  • Augustin-Jérôme Raby (1745-1822), Canadian pilot and politician elected to the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada in 1796

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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