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The Rawle surname is a patronymic from a medieval form of the personal name Ralph.

Rawle Early Origins



The surname Rawle was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kennet and Trevil in St.Juliet. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

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Rawle Spelling Variations


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Rawle Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Rawle, Rawles, Rorles, Ralls, Rall and others.

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Rawle Early History


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Rawle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rawle research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1632, 1658, and 1660 are included under the topic Early Rawle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rawle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rawle Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rawle 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



An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Rawle:

Rawle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis, Rawle Sr. and Francis, Rawle Jr. who arrived in Philadelphia in 1686
  • Francis Rawle, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1686

Rawle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Rawle, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1746
  • Elizabeth Rawle, who arrived in West New Jersey in 1772

Rawle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Byede Rawle, who arrived in New York, NY in 1823
  • Peter Rawle, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rawle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rawle (post 1700)



  • William Rawle (1759-1836), American lawyer and politician, United States district attorney in Pennsylvania in 1791, first president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society
  • Henry Rawle, American politician, Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1874-75; Pennsylvania State Treasurer, 1876-78
  • Bernard A. Rawle, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 11th District, 1883-85
  • Mark Rawle (b. 1979), English professional footballer
  • Jeff Rawle (b. 1951), British actor known for his roles in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Drop the Dead Donkey (1990) and Hollyoaks (1995)
  • Rt Rev Richard Rawle (1812-1889), Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Graham Rawle, UK writer and collage artist
  • Keith Trevillian Rawle (1924-2005), Australian rules footballer
  • George Rawle (b. 1889), Australian rules footballer
  • Sidney William "Sid" Rawle (1945-2010), British campaigner for peace and land rights
  • ... (Another 1 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



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rawle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rawle 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 9 February 2016 at 08:15.

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