Rafal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Rafal family
The surname Rafal was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Arthur J. Raffles is a British fictional character (a cricketer and gentleman thief) created by E. W. Hornung, who appeared in 26 short stories, two plays and a novel between 1898 and 1909.
Early History of the Rafal family
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Rafal Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Raffle, Raffles, Rayffles, Rayfles, Raveles, Rafvles, Raiffles and many more.
Early Notables of the Rafal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rafal family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Wm. Raffle, who came to Virginia in 1652; Thomas Raffles, who settled in Jamaica in 1754; Benjamin Raffles, who arrived in Antigua in 1755; and Robert Raffle, who settled in Allegheny Co., PA in 1860..
Contemporary Notables of the name Rafal (post 1700) +
- Marjorie L. Rafal, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartford, 1946 
- Rafal Kaczor (1982-2008), Polish flyweight boxer at the 2008 Olympic games
- Rafal Murawski (b. 1981), Polish football midfielder
- Rafal Kubacki (b. 1967), Polish three-time gold, two-time silver and six-time bronze medalist judoka
- Rafal Kaczmarczyk (b. 1972), retired Polish professional footballer
- Rafal Lochowski, senior lecturer at the Warsaw School of Economics
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The Rafal Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In cruce triumphans
Motto Translation: Triumphing in the cross.