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The name Ratcliffe reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Ratcliffe family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ratcliffe family lived in Lancashire, at Radcliffe. The name of this place translates as red cliff, from its Saxon origin and indicates that originally the town was distinguished by its proximity to such a landmark on the east side of Irwell.

Ratcliffe Early Origins



The surname Ratcliffe was first found in Lancashire, at Radcliffe, a parish, in the union of Bury, hundred of Salford that dates back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Radecliue. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
"In the 14th of Edward III., Richard Radcliffe held the manor for the manor of Whalley [at Wiswell]." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
One of the oldest records of the surname was William de Radeclive, one of the knights of the Grand Inquest, 13th of John. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Radcliffe Tower, now in ruins, was one of the most considerable manorial seats in the county. Richard of Radclyffe Tower was listed there in the reign of Edward I; [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
as was Richard Radcliffe, High Sheriff of Lancashire, 32 Edward III. The tower was rebuilt in the reign by James de Radcliffe, Lord of the Manor of Radcliffe in 1403. Radcliffe is today a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, in Greater Manchester. Another branch of the family was found at Winmarleigh, a township in Lancashire. "The Radcliffes afterwards became lords of the manor [of Winmarleigh] by the marriage of Richard le Radcliffe with the heiress of the Plesyngtons; and the estate passed through several heirs to Anne Radcliffe, who married Sir Gilbert Gerard: by a descendant of the last-named, it is supposed to have been sold to the Pattens." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Ratcliffe Spelling Variations


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Ratcliffe Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ratcliffe family name include Radcliffe, Radcliff, Radclyffe, Ratliffe, Ratliff, Ratlife and many more.

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Ratcliffe Early History


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Ratcliffe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ratcliffe research. Another 437 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1050, 1476, 1547, 1813, 1194, 1485, 1608, 1654, 1628, 1629, 1609, 1606, 1625, 1697, 1655, 1705, 1689, 1716, 1650, 1714, 1593, 1657, 1599, 1657, 1633, 1621, 1629, 1611, 1673, 1646, 1673, 1652 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Ratcliffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ratcliffe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ratcliffe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Radcliffe, Sheriff of county Lancaster in 1194; Sir Richard Ratcliffe, KG (died 1485), a close confidant of Richard III of England; Sir Alexander Radcliff (1608-1654), English politician, Member of Parliament for Lancashire (1628-1629); John Ratcliffe (d. 1609) captain of the Discovery, one...

Another 194 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ratcliffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ratcliffe In Ireland


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Ratcliffe In Ireland



Some of the Ratcliffe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ratcliffe family to immigrate North America:

Ratcliffe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Ratcliffe, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Robert Ratcliffe, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • Roger Ratcliffe, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Elkinton Ratcliffe, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Phillip Ratcliffe settled in Salem in 1630
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Ratcliffe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Ratcliffe, aged 43, arrived in New York in 1862
  • William Ratcliffe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Ratcliffe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Ratcliffe, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • William Ratcliffe, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • William Ratcliffe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849
  • J. Ratcliffe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849
  • Francis Ratcliffe, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
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Ratcliffe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Ratcliffe, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • E. F. Ratcliffe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ratcliffe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ratcliffe (post 1700)



  • Jere Brian Ratcliffe (1937-2015), American professional Scouter in the Boy Scouts of America, the 9th Chief Scout Executive
  • Patrick Christopher "Paddy" Ratcliffe (b. 1919), Irish footballer who played from 1945 to 1955
  • Kevin Ratcliffe (b. 1960), former Welsh footballer who played from 1980 to 1995, member for the Wales National Team (1981-1993)
  • John Ashworth Ratcliffe CB CBE FRS (b. 1902), nicknamed "JAR or Jack", a British radio physicist, President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers from 1966 to 1967, awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1976
  • Arthur Ratcliffe (1882-1963), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Leek (1931-1935)
  • Francis Ratcliffe OBE (1904-1970), India-born, Australian zoologist and conservationist
  • Derek A. Ratcliffe (1929-2005), British ecologist,the first person to discover the link between the use of pesticides such as DDT and Dieldrin and the decline of British populations of birds of prey in particular the peregrine falcon

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Ratcliffe Historic Events


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Ratcliffe Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Jack Ratcliffe, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Ernest Ratcliffe (1921-1942), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was listed as missing presumed killed in the evacuation of Singapore in 1942

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Peter Ratcliffe, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus propter se
Motto Translation: Virtue for its own sake.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. 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).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  11. ...

The Ratcliffe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ratcliffe 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.

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