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The name Ravencraft is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the region of Ravenscroft in Cheshire. Ravencraft is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Ravencraft Early Origins



The surname Ravencraft was first found in Cheshire 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.

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Ravencraft Spelling Variations


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Ravencraft 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. Ravencraft has been spelled many different ways, including Ravenscroft, Ravenscroff and others.

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Ravencraft Early History


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Ravencraft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ravencraft research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1582, 1635, 1689, 1665, 1697, 1600, 1673, 1640, 1660, 1681, 1621, 1622, 1665, 1697, 1632, 1683, 1654 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Ravencraft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ravencraft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ravencraft Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Ravenscroft (ca. 1582- c.1635), English editor, singer at St Paul's Cathedral, composer and music theorist; Ravenscroft, English wigmaker who co-founded Ede & Ravenscroft, the oldest tailors in London in 1689; John Ravenscroft (c. 1665-1697), also known as Giovanni Ravenscroft and Giovanni Rederi, an English...

Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ravencraft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Ravencrafts to arrive in North America:

Ravencraft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Ravencraft, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Southampton, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6R4-MJD : 6 December 2014), Fred. Ravencraft, 01 Oct 1892; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6R4-MJD : 6 December 2014), Fred. Ravencraft, 01 Oct 1892; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Ravencraft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ravencraft Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 18 November 2016 at 07:39.

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