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The name Rayson was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Ralph. This name, which also occurs as Ralf, Rolf, and Raoul, is adapted from the Old French given name Raol.

Rayson Early Origins



The surname Rayson was first found in Yorkshire 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.

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Rayson Spelling Variations


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Rayson Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Rawson, Rawsone and others.

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Rayson Early History


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Rayson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rayson research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1615, 1693, 1616, 1656, 1692 and 1849 are included under the topic Early Rayson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rayson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rayson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Rawson (1615-1693), English settler to America from Dorset in 1616, he served as the first Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; and his daughter, Rebecca Rawson (1656-1692), American heroine of the 1849 book "Leaves from Margaret Smith's Journal, in the Province...

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rayson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rayson In Ireland


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Rayson In Ireland



Some of the Rayson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rayson or a variant listed above:

Rayson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mathew Rayson, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Rayson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jack Henry Rayson, aged 20, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • George Rayson, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Crushwaite, England, in 1911
  • Tom Rayson, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States from Silloth, England, in 1912
  • Jessie M. Rayson, aged 35, who settled in America from Grantham, England, in 1912
  • Mary Rayson, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Silloth, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rayson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Rayson, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLOTTE JANE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/charlottejane1852.shtml
  • Charles Rayson, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Neptune" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 26 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Neptune 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/neptune1853.shtml.

Rayson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Rayson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1871

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rayson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rayson (post 1700)



  • John C. Rayson (b. 1949), American attorney and politician, mayor of Pompano Beach, Florida from 2004 to 2007
  • Roger William Rayson (b. 1942), Australian cricketer
  • Noel Rayson (b. 1933), former Australian rules footballer
  • Hannie Rayson (b. 1957), Australian playwright
  • Arthur William Rayson (1898-1970), Australian rules footballer

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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: Laus virtutis actio
Motto Translation: The Praise of Virtue is Action


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLOTTE JANE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/charlottejane1852.shtml
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 26 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Neptune 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/neptune1853.shtml.

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  11. ...

The Rayson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rayson 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.

This page was last modified on 17 July 2013 at 14:23.

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