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The origins of the Welsh name Raikes go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors of Wales. The forbears that initially held the name Raikes once lived near a pass or narrow valley. The surname Raikes is derived from the Old English word hraca, which means throat. The surname Raikes belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. However, the surname Raikes may be derived from residence at The Rake in Sussex, at Raikes Farm in Surrey, or at Raikes in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In this case, the surname Raikes belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Raikes Early Origins



The surname Raikes was first found in Lincolnshire, 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.

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Raikes Spelling Variations


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Raikes Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Raikes have included Raikes, Raike, Raik, Rakes, Rake and others.

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Raikes Early History


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Raikes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raikes research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1690 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Raikes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Raikes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Raikes Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raikes 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Raikes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G. Raikes arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "St. Leonards" in 1877

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Contemporary Notables of the name Raikes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Raikes (post 1700)



  • Robert Raikes the Younger (1736-1811), English philanthropist and Anglican layman
  • General Robert Napier Raikes (1813-1909), British General of the Remount responsible for the provision of horses throughout the Indian army
  • Major Cyril Probyn Napier Raikes (1875-1963), British Military Cross recipient from Swanmore, Hampshire
  • Sir Henry Victor Alpin MacKinnon Raikes (1901-1986), British Conservative politician
  • Lucinda Raikes (b. 1975), British actor
  • Vicar Henry Raikes (1782-1854), English Chancellor of the diocese of Chester

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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: Honestum praeferre utili
Motto Translation: To prefer the honest to the profitable.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. 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. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    The Raikes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raikes 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 20 December 2014 at 14:06.

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