Raley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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. 
Early Origins of the Raley family
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. Born in Devon, he became Bishop of Winchester, "but it is doubtful to which of the four branches of the Devonshire Raleighs he belonged. In 1212 he was presented by King John to the church of Bratton, and was employed in judicial business in Lincolnshire and Cumberland in 1226-1227." 
"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." 
However another source provides more clues about the bishop's origin: "Ralegh, Bishop of Winchester, 1244, was born at Ralegh, in the parish of Pilton, the original seat of this famous family. " 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Hugh de Ralegh in Devon; and Warin de Raleghe in Somerset. 
Early History of the Raley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raley research. Another 153 words (11 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.
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.
Early Notables of the Raley 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 Carew Raleigh or Ralegh (1605-1666), first son of Sir Walter Raleigh...
In the United States, the name Raley is the 4,353rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 
Migration of the Raley family to Ireland
Some of the Raley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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
Raley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Raley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Raley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century