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The origins of the Welsh name Ryce go back to those ancient Celts known as the Britons that once occupied the hills and Moors of Wales. This old Welsh surname is from the Welsh personal name Rhys, which also took the forms Rice and Rees. This name was originally derived from the Old Welsh forename Ris, which means ardour.

Ryce Early Origins



The surname Ryce was first found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Ryce Spelling Variations


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Ryce Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Ryce has occasionally been spelled Rice, Rees, Rhys and others.

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Ryce Early History


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Ryce Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ryce research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Ryce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ryce Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ryce Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Ryce In Ireland


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Ryce In Ireland



Some of the Ryce family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Ryce:

Ryce Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Ryce, who arrived in Maryland in 1657

Ryce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lucius C. Ryce, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1895

Ryce Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Pickering P. Ryce, aged 51, who landed in America from Northampton, in 1906
  • Mary Low Ryce, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Helen Th. Ryce, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Mary J Ryce, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Lucius Chester Ryce, aged 48, who emigrated to America, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ryce (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ryce (post 1700)



  • Lucius C. Ryce, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from West Hartford; Elected 1912

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Motto


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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: Secret et hardi
Motto Translation: Secret and bold.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    11. ...

    The Ryce Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ryce 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 19 November 2015 at 10:31.

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