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Early Origins of the Ratley family

The surname Ratley was first found in Cumberland, at Routledge where three eminent historians claimed the place at one time existed. [1] [2] [3]

"Lower, Bardsley, and Harrison say this name is from Routledge in Cumberland, but I cannot find the place. It is not in Sedgefield's Place-names of Cumberland and Westmorland. The surname is more English than Scottish, though several of the name are early found north of the Border. " [4]

Early History of the Ratley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ratley research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1483, 1494, 1528, 1537, 1628, 1643, 1713, 1715, 1739, 1743, 1750, 1762, 1772, 1779, 1782, 1794, 1795, 1800, 1812, 1827, 1833, 1836, 1837, 1841, 1843, 1888 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Ratley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ratley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rutledge, Routlege, Routlidge, Routledge, Rutlidge and many more.

Early Notables of the Ratley family

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Rutledge (1739- 1800), an American Founding Father, politician, and jurist, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States (1795), 31st Governor of South Carolina (1779-1782), son of Irish immigrant John Rutledge Sr. (1713-1750), a physician.James or John James Rutledge (1743-1794), Scottish publicist, was the grandson of an Irish Jacobite who settled in France, and was son of Walter Rutledge (d. 1779), a banker and shipowner at Dunkirk, who assisted the Pretender in his expedition of 1715, and was consequently created a Baronet by him. James accordingly styled himself 'chevalier' or 'baronet.' Born, probably...
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Ratley Ranking

In the United States, the name Ratley is the 13,177th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Ratley family to Ireland

Some of the Ratley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 84 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Ratley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ratley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jonathan Ratley, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" [6]
  • Ann Ratley, aged 21, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [6]
  • Charles Ratley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ratley (post 1700) +

  • Sarah Ratley (1933-2020), née Gorelick, an American pilot and aviator, one of the Mercury 13
  • Adrian Ratley, American visual effects specialist, known for his work in Les Misérables (2012), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), World War Z (2013) and Quantum of Solace (2008)


  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm


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