The origins of the Welsh
name Ryce go back to those ancient Celts
known as the Britons
that once occupied the hills and Moors
. 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.
Early Origins of the Ryce family
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.
Early History of the Ryce family
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.
Ryce Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Ryce family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ryce family to 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.
Migration of the Ryce family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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.)
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Ryce 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.