The Ratteray surname was a habitational name, taken on from the name of a feudal
barony in the former county of Perthshire
. Today, Blairgowrie and Rattray is a town and twin burgh in Perth and Kinross. Rattray Head (Rattray Point) is a headland in Buchan, Aberdeenshire.
Early Origins of the Ratteray family
The surname Ratteray was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, 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 Ratteray family
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Ratteray Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Ratteray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ratteray family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander Rattray, who came to Georgia in 1734; Ann Rattray, who was banished to Maryland in 1728; George Rattray, a Scottish soldier on record in America in 1757.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ratteray (post 1700)
- Rt Rev Ewen Ratteray (b. 1942), current Bishop of Bermuda
- Sir George Ratteray, Bermudan, marathon runner, blacksmith, missionary, and member of the Bermuda House of Assembly, knighted in 1975
The Ratteray 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: Super sidera votum
Motto Translation: My wishes are above the stars.