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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Raley is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family 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.

Raley Early Origins



The surname Raley 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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Raley Spelling Variations


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Raley Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Raley has been spelled many different ways, including Raleigh, Rawleigh, Rawley, Rawle, Rawles and others.

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Raley Early History


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Raley Early History



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

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Raley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Raley 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 Raley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Raley In Ireland


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Raley In Ireland



Some of the Raley 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Raleys to arrive in North America:

Raley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Raley, who landed in America in 1620
  • James Raley, who landed in Virginia in 1662
  • Margaret Raley, who arrived in Virginia in 1697

Raley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Raley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754

Raley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Vincennes Raley, who arrived in New York in 1853
  • John Raley, who arrived in Ohio in 1861

Raley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anastasia Raley, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1899
  • Nellie Raley, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1899

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Contemporary Notables of the name Raley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Raley (post 1700)



  • J. Frank Raley Jr. (b. 1926), former Democrat State Senator from Maryland
  • Dr. John Wesley Raley (d. 1966), American author, president of Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Tom Raley, founder the Raley's Supermarkets, a chain of over 122 stores throughout America
  • William L. Raley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1972
  • Luther Raley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940
  • John W. Raley Jr. (b. 1932), American Republican politician, Mayor of Ponca City, Oklahoma, 1980-83; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1990-97
  • J. R. Raley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1940
  • Don Raley, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Supervisor of Pittsfield Township, Michigan, 1992
  • William de Raley (d. 1250), English medieval judge, administrator and bishop

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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. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Raley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raley 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 4 May 2016 at 15:25.

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