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The origins of the Welsh name Raker go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors of Wales. The forbears that initially held the name Raker once lived near a pass or narrow valley. The surname Raker is derived from the Old English word hraca, which means throat. The surname Raker belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. However, the surname Raker may be derived from residence at The Rake in Sussex, at Raikes Farm in Surrey, or at Raikes in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In this case, the surname Raker belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Raker Early Origins



The surname Raker was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Raker Spelling Variations


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Raker Spelling Variations



Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. As a result, people could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Raker name over the years has been spelled Raikes, Raike, Raik, Rakes, Rake and others.

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Raker Early History


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Raker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raker research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1690 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Raker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Raker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Raker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raker 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



The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Raker:

Raker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Raker, who landed in New Jersey in 1755

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Contemporary Notables of the name Raker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Raker (post 1700)



  • Roy Raker, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 38th District, 1980
  • John P. Raker, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Guam, 1952-54
  • John Edward Raker (1863-1926), American Democrat politician, Candidate for California State Senate, 1898; Superior Court Judge in California, 1905-10; California Democratic State Chair, 1908-10
  • Iva S. Raker, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1932

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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: Honestum praeferre utili
Motto Translation: To prefer the honest to the profitable.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. 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.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Raker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raker 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 10 December 2015 at 11:05.

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