Early Origins of the Wraith family
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
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) 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
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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)
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Migration of the Wraith family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wraith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Wraith Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Wraith (post 1700)
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.
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