Origin of the Name Raleigh
The origin of the name Raleigh
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Raleigh
include Rawley, Ralley and Rally. Meaning 'of Raleigh' this is a locational name from a place so called in County Devon. This family settled there six centuries ago with Sir Walter Raleigh's father residing at Fardel in that County. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Hugh de Ralegh, County Devon, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A William de Raleigh was Bishop of Norwich in the year 1239. Part of the family migrated to Ireland to County Limerick and appear frequently in the Fiants, being described as 'of Rawleystown'. Richard Raleigh was one such settler who acquired considerable property from the Fittons in the parish of Knockainy, which like Rawleystown, is near Kilmallock in County Limerick . Evidence suggests that the Norman 'de Rallye' who was recorded as early as the year 1307 in the town of Any, Limerick , may be the original ancestor of the Limerick Raleighs.
The Raleigh coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Raleigh descendants.