The name Rattebown is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of England
. It comes 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 Rattebown family
The surname Rattebown 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 Rattebown family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rattebown research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1750, 1696 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Rattebown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rattebown 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 Rattebown has undergone many spelling variations
, including Rathbone, Rawbone, Rathburn and others.
Early Notables of the Rattebown 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 Rattebown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rattebown 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 Rattebown were among those contributors: 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..
The Rattebown 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.