The name Reavly is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a local
representative of a lord. The surname Reavly originally derived from the Old English word Gerefa
which referred to a representative. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational
names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational
suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.
Early Origins of the Reavly family
The surname Reavly was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Reavly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reavly research.Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1662, 1818, 1900, 1608, 1658, 1618, 1678, 1660, 1678, 1673 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Reavly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reavly Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Reavly include Reeve, Reve, Reave, Reaves, Reeves and others.
Early Notables of the Reavly family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Charles Reeve; John Reeve (1608-1658), an English plebeian prophet, believed the voice of God had instructed him to found a Third Commission in preparation for the last days... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reavly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reavly family to Ireland
Some of the Reavly family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reavly family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Reavly were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Francis Reeve who settled in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Reeve settled in St. Christopher in 1635; John Reeve settled in New Jersey in 1664; John Reeve was banished to Barbados in 1685.
The Reavly 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: Animum rege
Motto Translation: Rule thy mind.