Early Origins of the Raistrick family
The surname Raistrick was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire
where the earliest record of the name was found as Rastric (Rastrick) in the Domesday Book
. There we found two entries for the place: the first in Morley Wapentake
and the second in the West Riding. (both entries are referring to the same place) CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Today Rastrick is a village in the West Riding near Brighouse and Huddersfield where remains of an ancient fort have been found at Castle Hill. The name was derived from the Old Scandinavian word "rost" + the Old English word "ric" and probably meant "raised strip or ridge with a resting place" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The earliest record of the family was found in this parish in 1250. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Raistrick family
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Raistrick Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Raistrick family name include Rastick, Rastich, Raistrick, Raistrich, Rasticke and many more.
Early Notables of the Raistrick family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Raistrick family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Raistrick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Raistrick, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
Contemporary Notables of the name Raistrick (post 1700)
- Arthur Raistrick (1896-1991), British geologist, archaeologist, academic, and writer; he refused an OBE that was offered to him by Prime Minister Harold Wilson