The name Rawsom was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Rawsom is based on the Norman given name Ralph.
This name, which also occurs as Ralf, Rolf, and Raoul,
is adapted from the Old French given name Raol.
Early Origins of the Rawsom family
The surname Rawsom was first found in Yorkshire
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.
Early History of the Rawsom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rawsom research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1615, 1693, 1616, 1656, 1692 and 1849 are included under the topic Early Rawsom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rawsom Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Rawsom were recorded, including Rawson, Rawsone and others.
Early Notables of the Rawsom family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Rawson (1615-1693), English settler to America from Dorset
in 1616, he served as the first Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; and his daughter, Rebecca Rawson (1656-1692), American heroine of the 1849 book "Leaves from Margaret Smith's Journal, in the Province... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rawsom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rawsom family to Ireland
Some of the Rawsom family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 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 Rawsom family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Rawsom arrived in North America very early: Christopher Rawson, who settled in Virginia in 1623.
The Rawsom Motto
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: Laus virtutis actio
Motto Translation: The Praise of Virtue is Action