Rackley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Rackley family

The surname Rackley was first found in Sussex, at Rackham, a hamlet, in the parish of Amberley, hundred of West Easrith, rape of Arundel. [1]

The name is very rare as we could find only early entry for the name in Suffolk when John Rackham was listed in the Subsidy Rolls there in 1524. [2]

Early History of the Rackley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rackley research. Another 79 words (6 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Rackley Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Rackley 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 crossed swords, which contributed to the popularization of the design; and for having two female crew members: Mary...
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rackley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rackley migration to the United States +

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 immigrated to America from Yateley, in 1894
Rackley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Marie Ada Rackley, aged 29, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Rackley (post 1700) +

  • Marvin Eugene "Marv" Rackley (1921-2018), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1947 to 1950
  • 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
  • Frank B. Rackley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960 [3]
  • Ed H. Rackley, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate, 1950 [3]
  • Lesley Rackley, New Zealand bronze medalist boxer at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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