Rye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Rye reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Rye family lived in Sussex. Their name however, is a topographical reference indicating that the original bearer of the name lived near to a field of rye, and was distinguished by this proximity.

Early Origins of the Rye family

The surname Rye was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Rye family

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Rye Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rye family name include Rye, Rie, Ries, Ryse, Rise and others.

Early Notables of the Rye family (pre 1700)

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Rye migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Rye family to immigrate North America:

Rye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Rye, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
  • Herbert Rye, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]
  • William Rye, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]
  • John Rye, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [1]
Rye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Rye who settled in New England in 1772
Rye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John and L. Rye, who settled in San Francisco in 1852
  • Ebeneza Rye, who landed in Texas in 1893 [1]

Rye migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rye Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Rye, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
  • Catherine Rye, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
  • Mr. William Rye, (b. 1844), aged 34, English settler born in Kent travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879 [2]
  • Mrs. Susannah Rye, (b. 1850), aged 28, English settler born in Kent travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879 [2]
  • Mr. William Henry Rye, (b. 1871), aged 7, English settler born in Kent travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rye (post 1700)

  • Douglas Forsythe Rye (b. 1950), American voice actor based in Los Angeles
  • Michael Rye (1918-2012), born John Michael Riorden Billsbury, American voice actor and television actor
  • Thomas Clarke Rye (1863-1953), American politician, 32nd Governor of Tennessee from 1915 to 1919
  • Samuel R. Rye, American politician, Mayor of Adrian, Michigan, 2005 [3]
  • Edward Caldwell Rye (1832-1885), English entomologist, eldest son of Edward Rye, a London solicitor of Norfolk descent, Librarian of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Maria Susan Rye (1829-1903), English social reformer and a promoter of emigration of young women to Australia and New Zealand from the Liverpool workhouses
  • Frank Gibbs Rye OBE CBE (1874-1948), British solicitor and Conservative politician
  • Stellan Rye (1880-1915), Danish-born film director
  • Preben Lerdorff Rye (1917-1995), Danish film actor who appeared in 92 films between 1941 and 1989
  • Major-General Charles Henry Rye (1874-1969), Danish Head of Army Technical Corps (1930-1941) [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Charles Rye. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Rye/Charles_Henry/Denmark.html
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