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The origins of the Raleigh name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family 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.

Raleigh Early Origins



The surname Raleigh 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." [1]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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Raleigh Spelling Variations


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Raleigh Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Raleigh were recorded, including Raleigh, Rawleigh, Rawley, Rawle, Rawles and others.

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Raleigh Early History


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Raleigh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raleigh 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 Raleigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Raleigh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Raleigh Early Notables (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 (15861646), 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 Raleigh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Raleigh In Ireland


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Raleigh In Ireland



Some of the Raleigh 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Raleigh family emigrate to North America:

Raleigh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Raleigh, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1743

Raleigh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Raleigh, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
  • Maurice Raleigh arrived in Philadelphia in 1848
  • A J C Raleigh, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • David Raleigh settled in Philadelphia in 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Raleigh (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Raleigh (post 1700)



  • Kevin Raleigh (b. 1952), American singer and keyboardist
  • Patrick Raleigh, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 4th District, 1894; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1900
  • Frank T. Raleigh, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1940
  • Cecil Raleigh (1856-1914), English actor and playwright
  • Andy Raleigh (b. 1981), English rugby league player
  • Don "Bone" Raleigh (1926-2012), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player for the New York Rangers from Kenora, Ontario, inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (1998)
  • Professor Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh (1861-1922), Scottish scholar, poet and author

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Raleigh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raleigh 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 11 January 2016 at 14:22.

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