Show ContentsRaglin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Raglin surname comes from the historic village of Raglan (Welsh: Rhaglan) in Monmouthshire, known for its castle.

Early Origins of the Raglin family

The surname Raglin was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Raglin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raglin research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1513, 1550, 1563 and 1578 are included under the topic Early Raglin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Raglin Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. The most obvious reason was the challenge of translating from Welsh into English. As a result, people could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Raglin name over the years has been spelled Raglan, Ragland and others.

Early Notables of the Raglin family

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir John Ragland of Carnllwyd, (died by 1550); and his son, Sir Thomas Ragland (fl.1563), of Carnllwyd, Glamorganshire, Wales and Roughton Holme, Norfolk and Walworth, Surrey, England, Justice of the Peace of Norfolk from 1550...
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Raglin Ranking

In the United States, the name Raglin is the 11,319th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Raglin family

Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Raglin: Thomas Ragland, who arrived in Maryland in 1680; and John Ragland, his wife Ann Beaufort, and ten children, who came to Virginia in 1720.

Contemporary Notables of the name Raglin (post 1700) +

  • Angela Raglin, American producer and assistant director, known for 2 Please (2008), The Art of Yoga: Therapy with Anasuya (2010) and The Firm 1-2 (2008)
  • John Raglin, American actor, known for Profiles in Courage (1964)
  • Ray Raglin, American actor and producer, known for Sunstorm (2001), Madam Savant (1997) and A Rock and a Hard Place (1997)
  • Susan Raglin, American actress and producer, known for The Art of Yoga: Therapy with Anasuya (2010)
  • Alvin "Junior" Raglin (1917-1955), American swing jazz double-bassist, known for his work with Duke Ellington (1941-1945), Dave Rivera, Ella Fitzgerald, and Al Hibbler

The Raglin 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: Mutare vel timere sperno
Motto Translation: I scorn to change or fear.

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