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The original Gaelic form of Rafter was O Raithbheartaigh, which was modified to O Raifeartaigh. The surname is derived from the words rath bheartach meaning prosperity wielder.

Rafter Early Origins



The surname Rafter was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel.

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Rafter Spelling Variations


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Rafter Spelling Variations



Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Rafter that are preserved in documents of the family history are Rafferty, O'Rafferty, Raferty, Raffhery, Raffthery, Raftery, Raverty, Roarty and many more.

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Rafter Early History


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Rafter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rafter research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1090 is included under the topic Early Rafter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rafter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rafter Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rafter 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



Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Rafter:

Rafter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Rafter, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Michael Rafter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871

Rafter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Rafter, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1816
  • Patrick Rafter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1838

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rafter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rafter (post 1700)



  • Mark Rafter, American entrepreneur, speaker, author and technology consultant
  • John Cornelius "Jack" Rafter (1875-1943), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • William A. Rafter, American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention, 1867
  • L. L. Rafter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1956
  • James E. Rafter, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1920, 1921
  • Orlaith Rafter, Irish actor, novelist and playwright
  • Kevin Rafter, Irish journalist and academic
  • Thomas Athol Rafter (1913-1996), New Zealand teacher and nuclear chemist
  • John Rafter, British actor, voice actor, professional narrator, and playwright
  • Mike Rafter (b. 1952), British rugby union coach
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Rafter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rafter 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 16 November 2016 at 10:44.

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