The Ralee name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Raleigh in the county of Devon
. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English ra leah
meaning a meadow for deer.
Early Origins of the Ralee family
The surname Ralee was first found in Devon
where one of the first records of the name was William de Raley (or William de Ralegh or William Raleigh) (died 1250) a medieval judge, administrator and bishop. "According to Fuller, they derived their name from 'a well-known town' in that county. I cannot discover any town, or even village, so called." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list the following: Hugh de Ralegh in Devon; and Warin de Raleghe in Somerset
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Ralee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ralee research.Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1552, 1618, 1586, 1646, 1641, 1605, 1666, 1626, 1600, 1659 and 1597 are included under the topic Early Ralee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ralee Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ralee has undergone many spelling variations
, including Raleigh, Rawleigh, Rawley, Rawle, Rawles and others.
Early Notables of the Ralee family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618), a court favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, known for his expeditions to the New World; and his second son, Walter Raleigh or Ralegh (1586–1646), an English divine, Dean of Wells from 1641 until his death in a scuffle; and... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ralee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ralee family to Ireland
Some of the Ralee family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ralee family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ralee were among those contributors: Sarah Rawleigh settled with her husband in Virginia in 1663; Mary Rawles settled in Virginia in 1653; Elizabeth Rawleigh settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.