The Reckham surname is a habitational name from a place in Sussex
, so named from Old English words "hreac," meaning "mound," and "ham," or "homestead."
Early Origins of the Reckham family
The surname Reckham was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when John Rackham held lands.
Early History of the Reckham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reckham research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1682, 1720 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Reckham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reckham Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Reckham family name include Rackham, Reckham, Rakeham, Rackley, Rakeley and others.
Early Notables of the Reckham family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John "Calico Jack" Rackham (Rackam, Rackum) (1682-1720), an English pirate operating in the Bahamas during the early 18th century. He was captured, then hanged outside Port Royal, Jamaica in 1720. Rackham is best remembered for his design of his Jolly Roger flag, a skull with... Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reckham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reckham family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Reckham surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Claudius Rackham, who settled in New York in 1868; Joshua Rackham, who settled in New York in 1868; as well as Emily, Eliza and George Rackham, who arrived in Charlottetown, P.E.I. in 1891..