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The Raff surname is a patronymic from a medieval form of the personal name Ralph.

Raff Early Origins



The surname Raff was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kennet and Trevil in St.Juliet. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

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Raff Spelling Variations


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Raff Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Rawle, Rawles, Rorles, Ralls, Rall and others.

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Raff Early History


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Raff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raff research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1632, 1658, and 1660 are included under the topic Early Raff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Raff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Raff Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Raff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Raff:

Raff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christoph Raff, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1796

Raff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan Santiago Raff, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816

Raff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Abraham Raff, who landed in Mississippi in 1902

Raff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Raff arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Raff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Raff (post 1700)



  • Edson Duncan Raff (1907-2003), officer in the US Army and author of a book on paratroopers
  • Elias Raff, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Nassau County 2nd District, 1919
  • A. Raymond Raff (b. 1865), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924; Superintendent of U.S. Mint, Philadelphia, 1934-35; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1935-47
  • Gerhard Raff (b. 1946), German historian
  • George Raff (1818-1889), Scottish merchant, sugar grower and politician
  • Joachim Raff (1822-1882), Swiss composer

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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    The Raff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raff Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 26 October 2015 at 09:48.

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