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Rait Early Origins



The surname Rait was first found in Nairnshire, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity. They took their name from the Castle of Rait near Geddes which was in ruins by the 1400s. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Today Rait is a small village in Perth and Kinross. The Wraith variant is a Scottish Gaelic word for "ghost" or "spirit."

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Rait Spelling Variations


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Rait Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Rait, Raitt, Raid, Rate, Raith and others.

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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 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1296, 1297 and 1400 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 settled in 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, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Ann Rait, aged 28, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • John Rait, aged 6, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Christian Rait, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842

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Motto


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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: Spero meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.


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