Raistrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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) [1] 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" [2] The earliest record of the family was found in this parish in 1250. [3]

Early History of the Raistrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raistrick research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1274, 1379, 1650 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Raistrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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New Zealand Raistrick migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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