The name Rayham arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Rayham comes from the Norman personal name Raimund.
This name is composed of the elements ragin,
Early Origins of the Rayham family
The surname Rayham was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Rayham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rayham research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1626, 1683, 1680, 1st , 1673, 1733 and 1725 are included under the topic Early Rayham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rayham 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 Raymond, Rayment, Raymonds, Raymon and others.
Early Notables of the Rayham family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Raymond or Rayment (1626-1683), an English judge, Justice of the Common Pleas (1680); and his son, Robert Raymond... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rayham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rayham family to Ireland
Some of the Rayham family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rayham 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 Rayham or a variant listed above: John and William Raymond, who settled in Salem in 1630; Arthur Raymond, who settled in Virginia in 1635; William Raymond, who settled in New Hampshire