Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Raycroft family, who lived at Rycroft, in the parish of Birstall, Yorkshire. This makes Raycroft a local name, indicating that the original bearers once lived, or held land in that area. Generally, local names were adopted after a family left one area, and moved to another. This was an effective means of distinguishing between people with the same given name. This became particularly important as people began to settle closer to one another.
Early Origins of the Raycroft family
Yorkshire at Ryecroft, a hamlet in the township of Tong, and parish of Birstall. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) There are several smaller communities that bear this name including locals in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. But it is from Yorkshire that one of the first records of the name was found: Margareta de Rycroft who was listed there in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. The same rolls list Ricardus Rycroft. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Raycroft family
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Raycroft Spelling Variations
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 Raycroft were recorded, including Rycroft, Roycroft, Raycroft and others.
Early Notables of the Raycroft family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Raycroft family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Raycroft Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Raycroft (post 1700)
The Raycroft 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: Faythe hathe no fear
Motto Translation: Faith has no fear.
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