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Rait Early Origins



The surname Rait was first found in Belgium, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in East Flanders, a province in Belgium. Within this province the notable towns are Ghent, the capital city, St Nicolas, Alost, Termonde and Oudenarde. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

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Rait Spelling Variations


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Rait Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Raet, Raete, Raetes, Raett, Raetts, Raette, Raets, Raetz, de Raet, van Raet, van der Raet, Rait, Raitte and many more.

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Rait Early History


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Rait Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rait research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1416, 1696, 1753, 1814, 1825, and 1844 are included under the topic Early Rait History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rait Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rait Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rait 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:

Rait Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Rait, who arrived in Nevis sometime between 1653 and 1675

Rait Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Rait, who came to New York in 1833
  • Crichton S. Rait, who settled in New York, NY sometime between 1844 and 1877
  • Helen Rait, who arrived in New York in 1872

Rait Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • David Rait, who settled in Nova Scotia sometime between 1772 and 1838

Rait Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Rait, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Ann Rait, aged 28, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • John Rait, aged 6, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Christian Rait, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. 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.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    The Rait Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rait 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 16 March 2010 at 08:00.

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