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One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic
surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local
surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name
of the original bearer's father. The surname Relf is derived from the Old Norse given name Randolph,
which itself comes from the Old German words, rat,
Early Origins of the Relf family
The surname Relf was first found in the town of Nairn
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Narann) in northern Scotland
, today part of the Council Area of Highland, where they are thought to have arrived well before the invasion of Britain of Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Relf family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Relf research.Another 354 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1705, and 1762 are included under the topic Early Relf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Relf Spelling Variations
Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations
because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic
prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan
affiliation or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Relf has also been spelled Ralph, Rolph, Rolfe and others.
Early Notables of the Relf family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Relf family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Relf Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Relf, aged 38, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
- Ann Relf, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
- James Relf, aged 13, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
- Robert Relf, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
- Sarah Relf, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Relf (post 1700)
- Mrs. Henry Relf, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1944 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Albert Edward Relf (1874-1937), English cricketer who played for Sussex and England
- Keith Relf (1943-1976), English pop singer, best known as the lead singer of the Yardbirds
The Relf 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: Cresco crescendeo
Motto Translation: I increase by increasing.