The ancestors of the Rawstrone family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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 Rawstrone family
The surname Rawstrone 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 Rawstrone family
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Rawstrone Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Rawstorne, Rawsthorne, Rawstorn, Rawstron, Rawstrone, Rawsthorn, Rostron and many more.
Early Notables of the Rawstrone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rawstrone family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rawstrone 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..
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