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Rawsthorne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Rawsthorne is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Rawsthorne family lived in Yorkshire, at Rostherne. Rawsthorn is derived from Old Norman names that mean red, and torn. Accordingly, the name means dweller by the thorns.


Early Origins of the Rawsthorne family


The surname Rawsthorne was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Fryston, and were conjecturally descended from Gerbodo, a Norman noble, who held those lands at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066. This family emerged with several basic spellings, Rawson, which became popular in Yorkshire in all their various branches, Rawsthorne and Rawstorne and Rostron and Rawstorn all became more popular in Lancashire.

Early History of the Rawsthorne family


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Rawsthorne Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Rawsthorne are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Rawsthorne include Rawstorne, Rawsthorne, Rawstorn, Rawstron, Rawstrone, Rawsthorn, Rostron and many more.

Early Notables of the Rawsthorne family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Rawsthorne family to the New World and Oceana


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Rawsthorne, or a variant listed above:

Rawsthorne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Rawsthorne, who arrived in New York in 1884
  • Joseph Rawsthorne, aged 28, originally from Ireland, arrived in New York, U.S.A. in 1897 aboard the ship "California" from Londonderry, Ireland [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXW4-PMK : 6 December 2014), Joseph Rawsthorne, 27 Mar 1897; citing departure port Londonderry, arrival port New York, U.S.A., ship name California, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Rawsthorne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Herbert R. Rawsthorne, aged 20, originally from Stafford, arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF4C-KYF : 6 December 2014), Herbert R. Rawsthorne, 25 Oct 1905; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Maggie Rawsthorne, aged 25, originally from Liverpool, arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Liverpool, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFC9-DZH : 6 December 2014), Maggie Rawsthorne, 21 Apr 1906; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Thomas Leonard Rawsthorne, aged 22, originally from Shanghai, China, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66H-C6B : 6 December 2014), Thomas Leonard Rawsthorne, 29 Oct 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Edward Rawsthorne, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66X-LNY : 6 December 2014), Edward Rawsthorne, 12 Nov 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Mary Ann Rawsthorne, aged 61, originally from Widnes, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XZ-QQ7 : 6 December 2014), Mary Ann Rawsthorne, 20 Aug 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rawsthorne (post 1700)


  • John Anthony Rawsthorne (b. 1936), retired English Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Hallam from 1997 to 2014
  • Alan Rawsthorne (1905-1971), English composer, perhaps best known for his orchestral works
  • Noel Rawsthorne (b. 1929), English organist and composer
  • Isabel Rawsthorne (1912-1992), née Nicholas, British painter, designer and occasional artists' model, wife of Alan Rawsthorne

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  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXW4-PMK : 6 December 2014), Joseph Rawsthorne, 27 Mar 1897; citing departure port Londonderry, arrival port New York, U.S.A., ship name California, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF4C-KYF : 6 December 2014), Herbert R. Rawsthorne, 25 Oct 1905; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFC9-DZH : 6 December 2014), Maggie Rawsthorne, 21 Apr 1906; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66H-C6B : 6 December 2014), Thomas Leonard Rawsthorne, 29 Oct 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66X-LNY : 6 December 2014), Edward Rawsthorne, 12 Nov 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XZ-QQ7 : 6 December 2014), Mary Ann Rawsthorne, 20 Aug 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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