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Raitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Raitt family


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."

Early History of the Raitt family


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Raitt Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Raitt family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Raitt family to the New World and Oceana


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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • 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, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Helen Raitt, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • William Raitt, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Jemima Raitt, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Isabella Raitt, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Raitt (post 1700)


  • John Emmet Raitt (1917-2005), American singer and actor, father of Bonnie Raitt
  • Bonnie Lynn Raitt (b. 1949), American ten-time Grammy Award winning blues singer-songwriter
  • 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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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-)

The Raitt 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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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)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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