Razor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Razor family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Razor is a nickname type of surname for a person of regal bearing or a person who played a king in a local festival. Looking back further, we find the name Razor was derived from the Old French word "roy," meaning "king."

Early Origins of the Razor family

The surname Razor was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Razor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Razor research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1098, 1306, 1330, 1470, 1533, 1570, 1583, 1645, 1726, and 1803 are included under the topic Early Razor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Razor Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ray, Rays, Raie, Raies, Raye, Rayes, Rée, Rées, Rait, Rey, Reys, Rei, Reis, Duray, Leray, De Laray, Laray, du Ray, de Ray, Delurey and many more.

Early Notables of the Razor family (pre 1700)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Razor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Razor migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Razor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eliz Razor, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [1]
Razor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Razor, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States from Kapusvar, in 1900
  • Rozalia Razor, aged 28, who immigrated to America from Kapusvar, in 1900
  • Ignjatya Razor, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1909

Contemporary Notables of the name Razor (post 1700) +

  • Bianca Razor (b. 1994), Romanian sprinter at the 2012 Summer Olympics


The Razor 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: Gracieuseté de Ray
Motto Translation: The graciousness of Ray


  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)


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