Raymond History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Raymond family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman personal name Raimund. This name is composed of the elements ragin, meaning counsel, and mund, meaning protection. [1]

However, another source claims the name was "an ancient Christian name Raimundus. It was introduced at the Conquest, or soon after." [2]

Early Origins of the Raymond family

The surname Raymond was first found in Essex where "Giraldus Raimundus" who appears in Domesday as a mesne-lord there. The name continued there till about 1272, when John Reimund is found in the Hundredorum Rolls. At the same date the family was numerous in Kent. Their original seat was at Raymond's, near Rye. They were for a great length of time Stewards to the Abbot and Convent of Battel for their lands near this place; and it is probable that it was once the original stock from which the Raymonds of Essex, Norfolk and other counties, derived their extraction. [3]

Richard filius Reimund and Robert filius Reimund from Cambridgeshire were also mentioned in the Hundredorum, Rolls. [4]

In Somerset, Philip Remond was listed there 1 Edward III (in the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [5]

Early History of the Raymond family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raymond research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1626, 1683, 1680, 1673, 1733 and 1725 are included under the topic Early Raymond History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Raymond Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Raymond, Rayment, Raymonds, Raymon and others.

Early Notables of the Raymond 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...
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Raymond World Ranking

In the United States, the name Raymond is the 903rd most popular surname with an estimated 32,331 people with that name. [6] However, in Canada, the name Raymond is ranked the 185th most popular surname with an estimated 19,582 people with that name. [7] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Raymond is the 95th popular surname. [8] France ranks Raymond as 296th with 13,437 people. [9] Australia ranks Raymond as 793rd with 4,933 people. [10]

Ireland Migration of the Raymond family to Ireland

Some of the Raymond family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Raymond migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Raymond or a variant listed above:

Raymond Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John and William Raymond, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • William Raymond, who settled in New Hampshire in 1631
  • Richard Raymond, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634 [11]
  • Mr. Arthur Raymond, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Safety" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [12]
  • Arthur Raymond, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Raymond Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Raymond, who settled in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1719
  • Jean Raymond, aged 40, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [11]
  • Joseph Raymond, aged 27, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [11]
  • Margaretha Gratia Raymond, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [11]
  • Peter Raymond, who arrived in America in 1777-1783 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Raymond Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pedro Raymond, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816 [11]
  • John Raymond, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1851 [11]

Canada Raymond migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Raymond Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Helie Raymond, who arrived in Canada in 1643
  • Mr. Élie Raymond, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 8th April 1643 [13]
  • Jean Raymond, son of François and Marie, who married Catherine Lemire, daughter of Jean and Louise, in Quebec on 4th November 1686 [14]
  • Toussaint Raymond, who arrived in Quebec from Angoumois near Bordeaux in 1692
  • Toussaint Raymond, son of Barthélemi and Marguerite, who married Marie Le Maistre, daughter of Paschal and Louise, in La Prairie, Quebec on 29th June 1692 [14]
Raymond Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François Raymond, son of Claude and Marguerite, who married Anne Comeau, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne, in Acadia on 6th June 1707 [14]
  • Charles-François Raymond, son of Toussaint and Barbe, who married Marguerite Dany, daughter of Honoré and Catherine, in Lachine, Quebec on 24th November 1721 [14]
  • François Raymond, son of Toussaint and Barbe, who married Marie Lonquetin, daughter of Jérome and Marie-Louise, in La Prairie, Quebec on 6th April 1723 [14]
  • Joseph Raymond, son of Jean-Baptiste and Louise, who married Marie Ondoyer, daughter of Martin-Antoine and Marie, in Saint-Laurent, Quebec on 2nd October 1725 [14]
  • Jean-Baptiste-Bertrand Raymond, son of Jean-Baptiste and Louise, who married Françoise Laroche, daughter of Jean and Madeleine, in La Prairie, Quebec on 9th November 1728 [14]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Raymond Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Raymond, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1834 [15]
  • Warner Raymond, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Raymond migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Raymond Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Raymond, English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • William Raymond, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [17]
  • Frances Raymond, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [17]
  • mary Ann Raymond, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [17]
  • Margaret Raymond, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Raymond migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Raymond Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Raymond, (b. 1833), aged 26, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [18]

West Indies Raymond migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [19]
Raymond Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Ann Raymond, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with servants
  • Edward Raymond, who settled in Jamaica in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Raymond (post 1700) +

  • Harold R. "Tubby" Raymond (1926-2017), American football and baseball player and coach from Flint, Michigan
  • Alexander Gillespie Raymond (1909-1956), American strip cartoonist
  • Gene Raymond (1908-1998), American actor
  • Henry Jarvis Raymond (1820-1869), American journalist and politician, co-founder of The New York Times in 1851 and representative from New York from 1865-1867
  • Arthur Emmons Raymond (1899-1999), American aeronautical engineer, who led the team that designed the DC-3 airplane
  • Alex Raymond (1908-1956), American (French born) creator of "Flash Gordon" and "Jungle Jim"
  • Bruce M. Raymond, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1944; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1947-49 [20]
  • Benjamin Wright Raymond (1801-1883), American politician, Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, 1839-40, 1842-43 [20]
  • Arlene Raymond, American Republican politician, Member of Iowa Republican State Central Committee, 1949; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1960 [20]
  • Alvin Raymond (b. 1809), American politician, Mayor of Racine, Wisconsin, 1862 [20]
  • ... (Another 72 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Raymond +

  • Raymond Genealogy by Samuel Edward Raymond.

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  8. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  9. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  10. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  11. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  12. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 5th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  13. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  14. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  15. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  16. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/captain-cook
  17. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  18. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  19. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  20. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  21. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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