. There we found two entries for the place: the first in Morley
and the second in the West Riding. (both entries are referring to the same place)
Today Rastrick is a village in the West Riding near Brighouse and Huddersfield where remains of an ancient fort have been found at Castle Hill. The name was derived from the Old Scandinavian word "rost" + the Old English word "ric" and probably meant "raised strip or ridge with a resting place"
The earliest record of the family was found in this parish in 1250.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rastrick research.Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1274, 1379, 1650 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Rastrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Rastick, Rastich, Raistrick, Raistrich, Rasticke and many more.