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Wraith Early Origins



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]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."

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Wraith Spelling Variations


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Wraith Spelling Variations



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

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Wraith Early History


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Wraith Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wraith research. Another 185 words (13 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.

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Wraith Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wraith Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wraith Notables 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



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 emigrated to the United States from Wakefield, in 1904
  • Harry Wraith, aged 66, who landed in America, in 1917
  • Richard Wraith, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1920
  • William Wraith, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wraith (post 1700)


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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

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


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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
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The Wraith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wraith 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 30 July 2016 at 23:11.

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