My family is based in Hull - during WW!! my father was stationed here and the family were brought from evacuee status in Hertfordshire to live in HULL. We are from London originally and my father was the son of a brewer whose father was a brewer and his father was from Wiltshire and were farmers or farm labourers
I have been interested in the origins of the family name and my submission is that in earlier times the parish clerk asked for the names of those who were to be baptised, married or had died, and as educations was minimal in past times, the details of names were written as heard thus thew same person could be listed under several different spellings.
Hence the name RAZEY had been spelt in numerous manners in parish records.
One theory is that a branch of the family name originated in Scotland from Isle of Rasaay.
My work commences in the Languedoc region of France where the king of the Visigoths daughter married a Roman Centurian and be (the king) bestowed the title of the area on the groom which was The Razes (the French doo not pronounce the last 's'. Thus the Bridegroom was appointed the Baron Razes.......his offspring thus had the surname Razes (pronounced Razey/Razee/Rasey/etc
The Huguenot problems (Frnch) where the Hugenots fled due to slaughter resulted in Baron Razes, with two servants fled to Berlin (German records) There is a famous restaurant in Berlin to this day called Razeys.
A number of the 'clan' fled to Switzerland and Holland where some joined William of Orange' army. A Ensign Razey is buried in Dublic Church Yard (can be seen to this day)
Historians will know of the Irish battles such as the Battle of the Boyne - but it is not known by me how Ensign Razey perished.
The occupation of many in the Languedoc region was weaving and many weavers fled via Calais to England where they moved to the Wiltshire area. Records in Leeds University give many instances of church records indicating the many RAZEY families now lived in the area of Pewsey, Seend, etc and were weavers. Parish records in Wiltshire likewise show families records in church papers as being registered under various spellings of the surname for the same person.
As education became available the family name wss generally shown to be likewise spelt.
Telephone directories show many many entries in the Wiltshire area give the name Razey, including Bristol, with a few in Plymouth, one or two in Birmingham and my own family in Yorkshire.
Numerous enties in America of the family name show that many of the imigrants sailed from Bristol bearing the name Razey.
There are many indications of the Razey forbears being linked to the King of Scotland and also to the Kings of France (but these cannot, at this time, be verified.)
All this makes interesting reading and contemplation, the truth is out there somewhere.
Read: The books of the past historical kings of France.
Visit Leeds University library for records.
Please post any historical aspects of the Razey family name, sources, etc.
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