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Where did the English Rawlings family come from? What is the English Rawlings family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rawlings family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rawlings family history?

Today's generation of the Rawlings family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Ralph. This name, which also occurs as Ralf, Rolf, and Raoul, is adapted from the Old French given name Raol.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Rawlings, Rawlins, Rawlington, Rawlinson and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rawlings research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1536, 1523, 1536, 1508, 1521, 1620, 1670, 1679, 1690, 1755 and are included under the topic Early Rawlings History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 143 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rawlings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Rawlings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Rawlings or a variant listed above:

Rawlings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Christopher Rawlings settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Christopher Rawlings, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • John Rawlings settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Rowland Rawlings, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • William Rawlings, who landed in Maryland in 1661


Rawlings Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ether Rawlings, aged 3, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Honor Rawlings, aged 11, landed in New York in 1868
  • James Rawlings, aged 5, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Prudence Rawlings, aged 47, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Richard Rawlings, aged 45, landed in New York in 1868


Rawlings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Harriet Rawlings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • Isaac Rawlings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • William Rawlings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • Margaret Rawlings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838


Rawlings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Eliza Rawlings, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Edward Rawlings, aged 2, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Thomas Rawlings, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Eliza Rawlings, aged 9 mths., arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Jane Rawlings, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842


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  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953), American author
  • Margaret Lilian Rawlings (1906-1996), American actress
  • General Edwin W Rawlings (1904-1997), American USAF, recipient of Distinguished Service Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross
  • David Todd Rawlings, American guitarist, best known as the musical partner of bluegrass singer-songwriter Gillian Welch
  • Donnell Rawlings (b. 1970), American actor and comedian, best known as a cast member on the Comedy Central sketch comedy TV series Chappelle's Show
  • John William "Red" Rawlings (1892-1972), American Major League Baseball second baseman and shortstop who played from 1914 to 1926, World Series Champion (1921)
  • Terry Rawlings (b. 1933), English film editor and sound editor with several BAFTA nominations and one Academy Award nomination
  • William Ernest "Bill" Rawlings (1896-1972), English footballer
  • Charles John "Tim" Rawlings (b. 1932), English former footballer
  • Angela Rawlings (b. 1978), Canadian author and poet

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cognosce teipsum et disce pati
Motto Translation: Know thyself, and learn to suffer.

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The Rawlings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rawlings 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 7 December 2014 at 08:09.

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