The Rasberry surname is thought to have originally been a habitational name, taken on from Ratsbury in Lynton, Devon.
Early Origins of the Rasberry family
The surname Rasberry was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1242 when Merioth Rabespree held estates in Devon.
Early History of the Rasberry family
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Rasberry 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 Rasberry were recorded, including Rabespree, Rasbery, Rasberry, Ratesberry, Ratesbury, Rasbury, Radesberry, Radesbery, Radespree, Ratsbury and many more.
Early Notables of the Rasberry family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rasberry family to the New World and Oceana
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 Rasberry family emigrate to North America:
Rasberry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Rasberry, who settled in Georgia in the mid-18th century
Rasberry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A. S. Rasberry, who arrived on a ship at San Francisco in 1852
Contemporary Notables of the name Rasberry (post 1700)
- Angela Kellie Rasberry (b. 1968), American radio personality
- Tom Rasberry, American exterminator who first identified the Rasberry Crazy Ant in 2002, responsible for shorting out many types of electrical apparatuses, hired by NASA to rid the Johnson Space Center of the ants