Raffle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Raffle family

The surname Raffle 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 Raffle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raffle research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1215 and 1361 are included under the topic Early Raffle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Raffle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Raffle, Raffles, Rayffles, Rayfles, Raveles, Rafvles, Raiffles and many more.

Early Notables of the Raffle family (pre 1700)

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United States Raffle migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Raffle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Wm. Raffle, who settled in Virginia in 1652
Raffle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Raffle, who settled in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1860
  • Robert Raffle, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860 [1]


The Raffle 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.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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