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The original Gaelic form of Reffitt was O Raithbheartaigh, which was modified to O Raifeartaigh. The surname is derived from the words rath bheartach meaning prosperity wielder.

Reffitt Early Origins



The surname Reffitt was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel.

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Reffitt Spelling Variations


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Reffitt Spelling Variations



Numerous spelling variations of the surname Reffitt exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Rafferty, O'Rafferty, Raferty, Raffhery, Raffthery, Raftery, Raverty, Roarty and many more.

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Reffitt Early History


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Reffitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reffitt research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1090 is included under the topic Early Reffitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reffitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reffitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Reffitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Reffitt: Michael and Mary Raferty who settled in Passmaquodie Maine in 1823; Anne, Bridge, Catherin, Ellen, John, Mary, Owen, Pat, Thomas Rafferty all settled in Quebec in 1849.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reffitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reffitt (post 1700)



  • Bonnie Reffitt, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 74th District, 1998

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Reffitt Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    4. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    9. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Reffitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reffitt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 8 October 2015 at 12:42.

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