Wraith History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wraith family

The surname Wraith was first found in Nairnshire, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity. They took their name from the Castle of Rait near Geddes which was in ruins by the 1400s. [1] Today Rait is a small village in Perth and Kinross. The Wraith variant is a Scottish Gaelic word for "ghost" or "spirit."

Early History of the Wraith family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wraith research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1296, 1297 and 1400 are included under the topic Early Wraith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wraith Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rait, Raitt, Raid, Rate, Raith and others.

Early Notables of the Wraith family (pre 1700)

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


United States Wraith migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wraith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Wraith, aged 7, who landed in America from London, in 1895
  • Mrs. Wraith, aged 41, who settled in America from London, in 1895
  • Elizabeth Wraith, aged 59, who settled in America from Wombwell, in 1897
Wraith Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Herbert Wraith, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Wakefield, in 1904
  • Harry Wraith, aged 66, who landed in America, in 1917
  • Richard Wraith, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1920
  • William Wraith, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Wraith (post 1700) +

  • Alexander Wraith (b. 1979), American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • Geoffrey "Geoff" Wraith (b. 1946), English professional rugby league footballer and coach, active 1963 through 1980
  • Thomas "Tom" Wraith (b. 1890), Australian rules footballer
  • Ronald Edwards Wraith, British scholar on public and colonial administration


The Wraith 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: Spero meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.


  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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