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

Rawles Early Origins



The surname Rawles 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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Rawles Spelling Variations


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Rawles 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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Rawles Early History


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Rawles Early History



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

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Rawles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rawles Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rawles 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



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Rawles:

Rawles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Rawles, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Mary Rawles settled in Virginia in 1653
  • William Rawles, who arrived in Maryland in 1679

Rawles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Rawles arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rawles (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rawles (post 1700)



  • James Wesley Rawles (b. 1960), American New York Times best-selling author, best known for his survivalist genre Patriots novel series
  • Nancy Rawles, African American playwright, novelist, and teacher
  • Tom Rawles, American Libertarian politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Arizona, 1998
  • Edward Rawles, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1884, 1897
  • Walter Rawles, American Lawyer

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Rawles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rawles 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 28 January 2016 at 12:53.

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