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The Rackham surname is a habitational name from a place in Sussex, so named from Old English words "hreac," meaning "mound," and "ham," or "homestead."

Rackham Early Origins



The surname Rackham was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when John Rackham held lands.

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Rackham Spelling Variations


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Rackham Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Rackham include Rackham, Reckham, Rakeham, Rackley, Rakeley and others.

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Rackham Early History


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Rackham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rackham research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1682, 1720 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Rackham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rackham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rackham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include John "Calico Jack" Rackham (Rackam, Rackum) (1682-1720), an English pirate operating in the Bahamas during the early 18th century. He was captured, then hanged outside Port Royal, Jamaica in 1720. Rackham is best remembered for his design of his Jolly Roger flag, a skull with...

Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rackham Notables 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rackham or a variant listed above:

Rackham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Claudius Rackham, who settled in New York in 1868
  • Joshua Rackham, who settled in New York in 1868
  • Claudius Rackham, aged 15, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Joshua Rackham, aged 14, landed in New York in 1868
  • Mary A Rackham, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1868

Rackham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Emily, Eliza and George Rackham, who arrived in Charlottetown, PEI in 1891

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rackham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rackham (post 1700)



  • Horace H. Rackham (1858-1933), American original stockholder in the Ford Motor Company and philanthropist, eponym of the Horace H. Rackham Educational Memorial Building in Detroit
  • Oliver Rackham OBE, FBA (1939-2015), English academic at the University of Cambridge
  • Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), English book illustrator

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Rackham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rackham 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.

    This page was last modified on 26 April 2016 at 12:22.

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