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The origins of the Welsh name Race 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.

Race Early Origins



The surname Race 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. Sir Elidir Dhu who flourished temp. Richard I., was the direct descendant of the family of Rees of Killymaenllwyd, county Carmarthen. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"In 1115, Grufydd ab Rhys, Prince of South Wales, took sanctuary in the church of Aberdaron, from the treachery of Grufydd ab Cynan, sovereign of North Wales, who intended to deliver him into the hands of the English monarch, Henry I. The young prince escaped with his partisans by night, and set forward on his journey to the deep forest of Strath Towy, in South Wales, where, having collected the adherents of his family, he commenced hostilities against the Norman and Flemish settlers. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales. Institute of Historical Research, 1849, Print.

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Race Spelling Variations


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Race Spelling Variations



There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Race have included Rees, Reece, Rhys, Ap Rhys and others.

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Race Early History


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Race Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Race research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 161 and 1615 are included under the topic Early Race History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Race Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Race Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Race In Ireland


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Race In Ireland



Some of the Race family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 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



North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Race:

Race Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adolf Race, aged 18, who settled in America from Isle of Man, in 1892
  • Ben. Race, aged 3, who emigrated to America from Wingate, in 1892
  • Ed. Race, aged 49, who landed in America from Wingate, in 1892
  • Elizabeth Race, aged 45, who settled in America from Isle Of Man, in 1892
  • Leo Race, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Isle Of Man, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Race Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Race, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States from Queenstown, in 1902
  • William Schofield Race, aged 22, who settled in America from London, England, in 1904
  • Louisa Race, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from Newcastle, England, in 1906
  • May Race, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Eccles, England, in 1906
  • Robert Race, aged 55, who landed in America from Newcastle, England, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Race Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Thomas H. Race, aged 59, who settled in Ontario, in 1905
  • Thomas H. Race, aged 59, who emigrated to Mitchell, Ont., Canada, in 1908
  • Mary Race, aged 30, who emigrated to Hamilton, Canada in 1919

Race Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth J. Race, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Race (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Race (post 1700)



  • Donald James Von Race, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 14th District, 1970
  • John Abner Race (1914-1983), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives (1965 to 1967)
  • Janice Race, American former comic book editor for DC Comics
  • Harley Race (b. 1943), retired American professional wrestler, inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame, the WCW Hall of Fame, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • John Abner Race (1914-1983), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly, 1958, 1970; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 6th District, 1965-67; Defeated, 1962, 1966, 1968
  • Howard Everett Race (b. 1918), American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin Republican State Central Committee, 1962
  • Henry Race, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1856
  • Harry Race, American Republican politician, Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 1st District, 1937-38
  • George A. Race, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Houston, Texas, 1889-93
  • Frederick H. Race, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Franklin; Elected 1930, 1932
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Spes melioris aevi
Motto Translation: The hope of a better age.


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales. Institute of Historical Research, 1849, Print.

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Race Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Race 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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