The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought the Rawsone family name to the British Isles. Rawsone 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.
Early Origins of the Rawsone family
The surname Rawsone 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 Rawsone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rawsone 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 Rawsone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rawsone Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Rawson, Rawsone and others.
Early Notables of the Rawsone 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 Rawsone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rawsone family to Ireland
Some of the Rawsone 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 Rawsone family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Rawsone or a variant listed above: Christopher Rawson, who settled in Virginia in 1623.
The Rawsone 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