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The Anglo-Saxon name Ravenscroft comes from when the family resided in the region of Ravenscroft in Cheshire. Ravenscroft 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.

Ravenscroft Early Origins



The surname Ravenscroft 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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Ravenscroft Spelling Variations


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Ravenscroft Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ravenscroft has been recorded under many different variations, including Ravenscroft, Ravenscroff and others.

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Ravenscroft Early History


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Ravenscroft Early History



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

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Ravenscroft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ravenscroft 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 Ravenscroft 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ravenscroft or a variant listed above:

Ravenscroft Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Ravenscroft who settled in Virginia in 1679
  • Samuel Ravenscroft, who arrived in New England in 1679

Ravenscroft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Ravenscroft, who settled in Maryland in 1733
  • Richard Ravenscroft, who settled in Philadelphia in 1772

Ravenscroft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Helen McLean Ravenscroft, aged 45, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J677-56D : 6 December 2014), Helen McLean Ravenscroft, 22 Apr 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ravenscroft (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ravenscroft (post 1700)



  • John Stark Ravenscroft (1772-1830), American first Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina
  • Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft (1914-2005), American voice actor, best known as the deep voice behind Tony the Tiger's "They're grrreat!" in Frosted Flakes, but uncredited as the vocalist for the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from the Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • Webster Ravenscroft, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1908
  • W. H. Ravenscroft, American politician, Mayor of Frostburg, Maryland, 1877-78, 1882
  • Margaret M. Ravenscroft, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 24th District, 1992
  • Leighton Price Ravenscroft (1860-1945), American politician, Mayor of Winfield, Kansas, 1925, 1928, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1944
  • John W. Ravenscroft, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Litchfield; Elected 1910
  • Donald R. Ravenscroft, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1988, 1996
  • Stephen Charles Wood "Steve" Ravenscroft (b. 1970), English former rugby union footballer
  • Timothy John "Tim" Ravenscroft (b. 1992), Guernsey cricketer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J677-56D : 6 December 2014), Helen McLean Ravenscroft, 22 Apr 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

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  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Ravenscroft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ravenscroft 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.

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