Reaveley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Reaveley family

The surname Reaveley was first found in Northumberland. "The Reveleys, who trace their pedigree to the reign of Edward II., were originally seated at the manor-house of Reveley, on the northern bank of the river Beamish, at the south-east foot of Cheviot, and subsequently at Ancroft, in Northumberland. " [1]

Early History of the Reaveley family

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Reaveley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Reveley, Reevely, Revely and others.

Early Notables of the Reaveley family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Reaveley family to Ireland

Some of the Reaveley 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.

Migration of the Reaveley family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Revelle and her husband Thomas who settled in Virginia in 1637; Peter Revelle arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803; Edward Revely settled in Dominica in 1774..



The Reaveley 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: Optima revelatio stella
Motto Translation: A star the best revelation.


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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