In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Rawleigh surname lived in the village of Raleigh in the county of Devon
. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English ra leah
meaning a meadow for deer.
Early Origins of the Rawleigh family
The surname Rawleigh was first found in Devon
where one of the first records of the name was William de Raley (or William de Ralegh or William Raleigh) (died 1250) a medieval judge, administrator and bishop. "According to Fuller, they derived their name from 'a well-known town' in that county. I cannot discover any town, or even village, so called." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list the following: Hugh de Ralegh in Devon; and Warin de Raleghe in Somerset
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Rawleigh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rawleigh research.Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1552, 1618, 1586, 1646, 1641, 1605, 1666, 1626, 1600, 1659 and 1597 are included under the topic Early Rawleigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rawleigh 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 Rawleigh 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. The variations of the name Rawleigh include: Raleigh, Rawleigh, Rawley, Rawle, Rawles and others.
Early Notables of the Rawleigh family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618), a court favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, known for his expeditions to the New World; and his second son, Walter Raleigh or Ralegh (1586–1646), an English divine, Dean of Wells from 1641 until his death in a scuffle; and... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rawleigh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rawleigh family to Ireland
Some of the Rawleigh family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rawleigh 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 Rawleigh or a variant listed above:
Rawleigh Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Sarah Rawleigh settled with her husband in Virginia in 1663
Rawleigh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Elizabeth Rawleigh, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
Contemporary Notables of the name Rawleigh (post 1700)
- William Thomas Rawleigh (b. 1870), American Republican politician, Mayor of Freeport, Illinois, 1909-11; Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1911-12; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1916 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Rawleigh K. Hart, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 9th District, 1894 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html