Early Origins of the Rackstraw family
The surname Rackstraw was first found in Yorkshire
where one of the first records of the family was John Rakestraw who was listed there in 1544. Thomas Raykestray was also listed in Yorkshire
years later in 1605. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The name is "familiar to Lancashire
, where it has flourished for centuries. I suggested in my English Surnames that it was a nickname
for a scavenger or dust-heap searcher. I have grown more careful as I have proceeded in my studies, and feel sure that it is a local
surname, but I cannot find the spot." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
We agree. If the name was indeed a nickname as Bardsley and Reaney previously noted, it would have surely been found throughout ancient Britain as nicknames often do. Further to the north in Perth, Scotland
, John Rakstra rendered homage there in 1291.
Early History of the Rackstraw family
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Rackstraw Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rackstraw family name include Rackstraw, Rakestraw, Rexstraw, Reckstraw and others.
Early Notables of the Rackstraw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rackstraw family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rackstraw surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Rackstraw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Grace Rackstraw, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1688
Rackstraw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Thomas Rackstraw, who settled in Georgia in 1888
Contemporary Notables of the name Rackstraw (post 1700)
- Charles "Charlie" Rackstraw (b. 1938), English professional footballer
- Robert "Rob" Rackstraw (b. 1965), British voice actor