The Ratsbury surname is thought to have originally been a habitational name, taken on from Ratsbury in Lynton, Devon.
Early Origins of the Ratsbury family
The surname Ratsbury was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1242 when Merioth Rabespree held estates in Devon.
Early History of the Ratsbury family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ratsbury research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1634, 1689, 1673 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Ratsbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ratsbury Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ratsbury has been spelled many different ways, including Rabespree, Rasbery, Rasberry, Ratesberry, Ratesbury, Rasbury, Radesberry, Radesbery, Radespree, Ratsbury and many more.
Early Notables of the Ratsbury family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ratsbury family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ratsburys to arrive in North America: John Resburie, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Rasberry, who came to Georgia in the mid-18th century; A. S. Rasberry, who arrived on a ship at San Francisco in 1852.