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The origins of the Ravencroft name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Ravenscroft in Cheshire. Ravencroft 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.

Ravencroft Early Origins



The surname Ravencroft 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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Ravencroft Early History


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Ravencroft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ravencroft 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 Ravencroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ravencroft Spelling Variations


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Ravencroft Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ravencroft were recorded, including Ravenscroft, Ravenscroff and others.

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Ravencroft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ravencroft 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 Ravencroft 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Ravencroft family emigrate to North America: Benjamin Ravenscroft who settled in Virginia in 1679; Francis Ravenscroft, who settled in Maryland in 1733; Richard Ravenscroft, who settled in Philadelphia in 1772.

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