The Racklay surname is a habitational name from a place in Sussex
, so named from Old English words "hreac," meaning "mound," and "ham," or "homestead."
Early Origins of the Racklay family
The surname Racklay 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.
Early History of the Racklay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Racklay research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1682, 1720 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Racklay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Racklay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Racklay has been spelled many different ways, including Rackham, Reckham, Rakeham, Rackley, Rakeley and others.
Early Notables of the Racklay family (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 Racklay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Racklay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Racklays to arrive in North America: Claudius Rackham, who settled in New York in 1868; Joshua Rackham, who settled in New York in 1868; as well as Emily, Eliza and George Rackham, who arrived in Charlottetown, P.E.I. in 1891..