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The rich and ancient history of the Rathbirn family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name Rawbone. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages.

Early Origins of the Rathbirn family


The surname Rathbirn was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Early History of the Rathbirn family

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Early History of the Rathbirn family


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Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1750, 1696 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Rathbirn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rathbirn Spelling Variations

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Rathbirn Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Rathbirn have been found, including Rathbone, Rawbone, Rathburn and others.

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Early Notables of the Rathbirn family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Rathbirn family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include William Rathbone II (1696-1746), founder of Rathbone Brothers, in Liverpool a timber business that grew to be one of the United...
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Migration of the Rathbirn family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Rathbirn family to the New World and Oceana


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Rathbirn, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : William Rathbourne, who settled in Virginia in 1654; Jonathon Rathbone settled in Charleston in 1820; and Mary Rathburn and her husband, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772..

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The Rathbirn Motto

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The Rathbirn 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: Suaviter et Fortiter
Motto Translation: Mildly and firmly.


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