Sussex, so named from Old English words "hreac," meaning "mound," and "ham," or "homestead."
Early Origins of the Rackly family
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 Rackly family
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Rackly Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Rackly have been found, including Rackham, Reckham, Rakeham, Rackley, Rakeley and others.
Early Notables of the Rackly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rackly family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Rackly, or a variant listed above:
Rackly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
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