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.
Early Origins of the Rayson family
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.
Early History of the Rayson family
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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.
Early Notables of the Rayson family (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.
Migration of the Rayson family to Ireland
Some of the Rayson family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rayson family to the New World and Oceana
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 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
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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" 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" 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
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
The Rayson 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