The Raglyn surname comes from the historic village of Raglan (Welsh: Rhaglan) in Monmouthshire
, known for its castle.
Early Origins of the Raglyn family
The surname Raglyn 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 Raglyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raglyn research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1563, 1550, 1563, 1513 and 1578 are included under the topic Early Raglyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Raglyn Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Therefore, scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Raglyn has occasionally been spelled Raglan, Ragland and others.
Early Notables of the Raglyn family (pre 1700)
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
and Roughton Holme, Norfolk
and Walworth, Surrey
, Justice of the Peace of Norfolk
from 1550... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raglyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Raglyn family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Raglyn Thomas Ragland, who arrived in Maryland in 1680; and John Ragland, his wife Ann Beaufort, and ten children, who came to Virginia in 1720.
The Raglyn 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.