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Rainscroft is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the region of Ravenscroft in Cheshire. Rainscroft is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Rainscroft Early Origins



The surname Rainscroft was first found in Cheshire 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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Rainscroft Spelling Variations


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Rainscroft Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rainscroft family name include Ravenscroft, Ravenscroff and others.

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Rainscroft Early History


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Rainscroft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rainscroft research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1582, 1635, 1689, 1665, 1697, 1600, 1673, 1640, 1660, 1681, 1621, 1622, 1665, 1697, 1632, 1683, 1654 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Rainscroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rainscroft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rainscroft Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Ravenscroft (ca. 1582- c.1635), English editor, singer at St Paul's Cathedral, composer and music theorist; Ravenscroft, English wigmaker who co-founded Ede & Ravenscroft, the oldest tailors in London in 1689; John Ravenscroft (c. 1665-1697), also known as Giovanni Ravenscroft and Giovanni Rederi, an English...

Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rainscroft 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rainscroft surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Benjamin Ravenscroft who settled in Virginia in 1679; Francis Ravenscroft, who settled in Maryland in 1733; Richard Ravenscroft, who settled in Philadelphia in 1772.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rainscroft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rainscroft 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 1 August 2013 at 09:17.

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