Early Origins of the Rafel family
The surname Rafel 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.
Early History of the Rafel family
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Rafel Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Raffle, Raffles, Rayffles, Rayfles, Raveles, Rafvles and many more.
Early Notables of the Rafel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rafel family to the New World and Oceana
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..
The Rafel 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.