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Raitt Early Origins



The surname Raitt 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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Raitt Spelling Variations


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Raitt Spelling Variations



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

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Raitt Early History


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Raitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raitt research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1296, 1297 and 1400 are included under the topic Early Raitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Raitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Raitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Raitt 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:

Raitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Raitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Raitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Raitt, who settled in Washington Co. Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Charles Raitt, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Alexander Raitt, who arrived in the Windward Islands in 1817

Raitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Raitt, aged 33, a joiner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Helen Raitt, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • William Raitt, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Jemima Raitt, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Isabella Raitt, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Raitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Raitt (post 1700)



  • John Emmet Raitt (1917-2005), American singer and actor, father of Bonnie Raitt
  • Harold R. Raitt, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 2nd District, 1933; Candidate for New York State Senate 48th District, 1936
  • Bonnie Lynn Raitt (b. 1949), American ten-time Grammy Award winning blues singer-songwriter
  • George P. Raitt, Scottish professional footballer for Huddersfield Town (1911-1912)
  • Noel Raitt (b. 1943), former Australian rules footballer for Essendon (1963-1964)
  • Lisa Raitt (b. 1968), born Lisa Sarah MacCormack, Canadian politician, Member of Parliament, Minister of Natural Resources (2008-2010), Minister of Labour (2010-2013), Minister of Transport (2013-2015), Official Opposition Critic for Finance (2015-)

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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Raitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raitt 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 2 May 2016 at 09:12.

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