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The name Rawley first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having 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.

Rawley Early Origins



The surname Rawley 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." [1]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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Rawley Spelling Variations


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Rawley Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Rawley has appeared include Raleigh, Rawleigh, Rawley, Rawle, Rawles and others.

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Rawley Early History


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Rawley Early History



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

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Rawley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rawley Early Notables (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 (15861646), 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 Rawley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rawley In Ireland


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Rawley In Ireland



Some of the Rawley 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Rawley arrived in North America very early:

Rawley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Rawley, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Tho Rawley, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Margaret Rawley, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Rachel Rawley, who landed in Maryland in 1675

Rawley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Rawley, who arrived in Virginia in 1715

Rawley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Rawley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852

Rawley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Rawley, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817

Rawley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Walter H. Rawley, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rawley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rawley (post 1700)



  • James Rawley (1915-2005), American historian, eponym of The James A. Rawley Prize, an annual book award made by the Organization of American Historians
  • Mojo Rawley (b. 1986), born Dean Muhtadi, a former American football defensive lineman
  • Shane William Rawley (b. 1955), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1978 to 1989
  • Wilbert Rawley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1944, 1960 (alternate)
  • Judy Crawford Rawley (b. 1951), Canadian alpine skier at the 1972 Winter Olympics

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Rawley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rawley 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 12:56.

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