The name Ravensroft is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the region of Ravenscroft
. Ravensroft 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 Ravensroft family
The surname Ravensroft 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 Ravensroft family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ravensroft 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 Ravensroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ravensroft Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ravensroft are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Ravensroft include: Ravenscroft, Ravenscroff and others.
Early Notables of the Ravensroft 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 Ravensroft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ravensroft family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ravensroft or a variant listed above: Benjamin Ravenscroft who settled in Virginia in 1679; Francis Ravenscroft, who settled in Maryland in 1733; Richard Ravenscroft, who settled in Philadelphia in 1772.