The name Rawstron was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rawstron family lived in Yorkshire
, at Rostherne. Rawsthorn
is derived from Old Norman names that mean red,
Accordingly, the name means dweller by the thorns.
Early Origins of the Rawstron family
The surname Rawstron 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 Rawstron family
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Rawstron 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 Rawstorne, Rawsthorne, Rawstorn, Rawstron, Rawstrone, Rawsthorn, Rostron and many more.
Early Notables of the Rawstron family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rawstron 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 Rawstron or a variant listed above: Richard Rawston, who arrived in Maryland in 1678; John Rawthorne, who settled in Maryland in 1756; and Robert Rawsthorne, who arrived in New York in 1884..