Rattley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Rattley family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Rattley comes from when the family lived in the parish of Radley in the county of Berkshire. The surname Rattley is both topographic and habitational since it was originally derived from the Old English word Redleah, referring to those individuals who lived by the reed stream, and also refers to the place-name in Berkshire. [1] Today Radley is a village and civil parish northwest of the centre of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Originally in Berkshire, it was transferred in 1974. [2]

Early Origins of the Rattley family

The surname Rattley was first found in Essex, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Roger de Redlee; Warin de Redleye; and Richard de Redlege as all residing there at that time. [3] But the name likely went back further as Radeleáh was the form found in a 10th century charter in Wiltshire. [4]

Early History of the Rattley family

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Rattley Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Rattley has appeared include Radley, Radleigh, Radlee, Radlie, Radle and others.

Early Notables of the Rattley family (pre 1700)

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United States Rattley migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Rattley arrived in North America very early:

Rattley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Rattley, who landed in Virginia in 1725 [5]

Australia Rattley migration to Australia +

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

Rattley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Emma Rattley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [6]
  • George Rattley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [6]
  • Stephen Rattley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [6]
  • John Rattley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848 [7]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM - EMIGRANT SHIP - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DavidMalcolm.htm


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