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The surname Rayfield was first found in Dumfriesshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England
that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway
Council Area, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Raffle, Raffles, Rayffles, Rayfles, Raveles, Rafvles and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rayfield research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1215 and 1361 are included under the topic Early Rayfield History in all our PDF Extended History products
More information is included under the topic Early Rayfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rayfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William J Rayfield, who landed in America in 1803
Rayfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mrs. Rayfield, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1910
- John Rayfield, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1918
- James Rayfield, aged 18, who emigrated to America, in 1919
- Thomas Rayfield, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1919
- Frederick Rayfield, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1920
Rayfield Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Anne Rayfield, aged 31, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1914
- Pearl Rayfield, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1914
- Wallace A. Rayfield (1874-1941), the second formally educated practicing African American architect in the United States
- Private Walter Leigh Rayfield VC (1881-1949), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War
- Lee Stephen Rayfield (b. 1955), British former Lecturer in Immunology at the University of London
- Emily Rayfield, British palaeontologist
- Donald Rayfield (b. 1942), professor of Russian and Georgian at the University of London
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:
In cruce triumphansMotto Translation:
Triumphing in the cross.
- Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
- Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
- Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
- Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
- Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
The Rayfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rayfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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