England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived at Rycroft, in the parish of Birstall, Yorkshire. This makes Ricraft a local name, indicating that the original bearers once lived, or held land in that area. Generally, local names were adopted after a family left one area, and moved to another. This was an effective means of distinguishing between people with the same given name. This became particularly important as people began to settle closer to one another.
Early Origins of the Ricraft family
Yorkshire at Ryecroft, a hamlet in the township of Tong, and parish of Birstall. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) There are several smaller communities that bear this name including locals in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. But it is from Yorkshire that one of the first records of the name was found: Margareta de Rycroft who was listed there in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. The same rolls list Ricardus Rycroft. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Ricraft family
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Ricraft Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Ricraft has been recorded under many different variations, including Rycroft, Roycroft, Raycroft and others.
Early Notables of the Ricraft family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ricraft family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Ricrafts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Henry Ryecroft who arrived in New England in 1760.
The Ricraft 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: Faythe hathe no fear
Motto Translation: Faith has no fear.
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