Ret History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Out of the noble Boernician clans of the ancient Scottish-English border region comes the name Ret. It is a name for a carpenter. The surname Ret is a derivative of the Old English word wyrhta, which means a worker or, in specific, a woodworker, carpenter, craftsmen of watermills or windmills. In medieval rolls, the name was often Latinized as Faber.

Early Origins of the Ret family

The surname Ret was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where the Ret family held a seat from ancient times. Some of the earliest records include Rauf le Wrighte, burgess of Stirling, and Thomas le Whright of Blakenhall in Lanarkshire, who rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296, on his brief conquest of Scotland. Richard Wricht or Richard dictus Wright was listed in Aberdeen in 1342 and Malcolm Vrycht was a charter witness there in 1362. In the same year, Robert Wryhyt, a carpenter of Berwick, was employed on the roof of the chapel and hall called "la Blakhalle" of the Castle of Berwick. Richard Wryth was perpetual chaplain of St. Clement the Martyr in Dundee in 1427. [1]

Early History of the Ret family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ret research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1342, 1398, 1492, 1462, 1734, 1797, 1795, 1852 and are included under the topic Early Ret History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ret Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries and printing presses went into use in the last few hundred years, spelling, particularly of names, was a largely intuitive matter. Consequently, many spelling variations occur in even the simplest names from the Middle Ages. Ret has been spelled Wright, Right, Write, Wrighte and others.

Early Notables of the Ret family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Wrycht who was concerned in a law dispute in Aberdeen in 1398; Richard Writht who was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1492; William Wrythe with the consent and assent...
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ret Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Ret family to Ireland

Some of the Ret family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 89 words (6 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 Ret family

The east coasts of the United States and Canada are still populated by many of the descendents of the Boernician-Scottish families who made that great crossing. They distributed themselves evenly when they first arrived, but at the time of the War of Independence those who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. This century, many of their ancestors have recovered their past heritage through highland games and other Scottish functions in North America. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that many immigrants bearing the name Ret or a variant listed above: Robert Wright, who settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife, Richard Wright and his wife Margaret, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 with their daughter, Richard Wright, who settled in Virginia in 1636.



The Ret 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: Meritez
Motto Translation: Deserve.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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