Rathburn is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Rawbone. Patronymic
surnames arose out of the vernacular
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 Rathburn family
The surname Rathburn 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.
Early History of the Rathburn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rathburn research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1750, 1696 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Rathburn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rathburn Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Rathburn has undergone many spelling variations
, including Rathbone, Rawbone, Rathburn and others.
Early Notables of the Rathburn 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... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rathburn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rathburn family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Rathburn were among those contributors:
Rathburn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mary Rathburn and her husband, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
Rathburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mid Rathburn, aged 12, who landed in New York in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Rathburn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Joseph Rathburn U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Rathburn (post 1700)
- Chelsea Rathburn, award-winning American poet
- Cliff Rathburn, American comic book artist
- Eldon Rathburn (1916-2008), Canadian composer
The Rathburn 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.