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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.
The surname Rawlings was 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.
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.
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, 1576, 1631, 1610, 1647, 1708, 1705, 1706, 1679, 1690 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Rawlings History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 229 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rawlings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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
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
- John William "Red" Rawlings (1892-1972), American Major League Baseball second baseman and shortstop who played from 1914 to 1926, World Series Champion (1921)
- 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
- David Todd Rawlings, American guitarist, best known as the musical partner of bluegrass singer-songwriter Gillian Welch
- Howard Peters Rawlings (1937-2003), American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 40, 1979-2003; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1988, 1996, 2000
- George C. Rawlings Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1970
- George Rawlings, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988
- Frank H. Rawlings, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1952
- Calvin W. Rawlings, American Democrat politician, Utah Democratic State Chair, 1937-39; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1940, 1952
- Isaac Rawlings, American politician, Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, 1829-31, 1833-36
- James Wilson Rawlings (b. 1929), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, 1986-89
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 patiMotto Translation:
Know thyself, and learn to suffer.
- Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- 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.
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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.
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