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
. 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.
Early Origins of the Ravencraft family
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.
Early History of the Ravencraft family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Ravencraft family (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.
Migration of the Ravencraft 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 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 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.).