Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the village of Raleigh in the county of Devon. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English ra leah meaning a meadow for deer.
Early Origins of the Rayleigh family
Devon where one of the first records of the name was William de Raley (or William de Ralegh or William Raleigh) (died 1250) a medieval judge, administrator and bishop. "According to Fuller, they derived their name from 'a well-known town' in that county. I cannot discover any town, or even village, so called." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Hugh de Ralegh in Devon; and Warin de Raleghe in Somerset. 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 Rayleigh family
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Rayleigh Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rayleigh family name include Raleigh, Rawleigh, Rawley, Rawle, Rawles and others.
Early Notables of the Rayleigh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rayleigh family to Ireland
Some of the Rayleigh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Rayleigh family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rayleigh surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Sarah Rawleigh settled with her husband in Virginia in 1663; Mary Rawles settled in Virginia in 1653; Elizabeth Rawleigh settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.
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