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Where did the English Rackley family come from? What is the English Rackley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rackley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rackley family history?

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


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Rackley has been recorded under many different variations, including Rackham, Reckham, Rakeham, Rackley, Rakeley and others.

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.


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


Another 263 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rackley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rackley or a variant listed above:

Rackley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eva May Rackley, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Francis Rackley, who settled in America, in 1893
  • W Rackley, aged 43, who emigrated to America from Yateley, in 1894

Rackley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Marie Ada Rackley, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Battersea, in 1905
  • Jaremiah Rackley, aged 21, who settled in America from Kittamey, Ireland, in 1913
  • Frank Rackley, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Stephen Rackley, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1921
  • James Rackley, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923


  • William "Will" Rackley III (b. 1989), American football offensive guard
  • Derek Rackley (b. 1977), American National Football League long snapper, tight end
  • Lurma M. Rackley (b. 1949), American author, journalist and publicist
  • Marvin Eugene Rackley (b. 1921), retired American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Lesley Rackley, New Zealand bronze medalist boxer at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games


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The Rackley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rackley 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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