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Re: Rayfields (Raphels) connection
Posted by: Anthony Rayfield (ID *****7534) Date: November 13, 2007 at 14:51:26
In Reply to: Re: Rayfields (Raphels) connection by Debbra halikowski of 295

According to information I received some time ago the information regarding the name Rayfield is as follows.
"Olde English", locational, unusual, pre 10th century & means, "Thee dweller by thee Water Meadow" derived from the phrase 'atter-ee-feld'.
The first recorded spelling of the name is of a James Reyfield dated 1597 in the Subsiduary Rolls of Sussex, England.
All the above follows research carried out by The Name Origin Research, UK Sales, 137-139 St.Marychurch Road, Torquay, Devon, England.
My branch of the family goes back to about the 1760's in Clerkenwell, London where they seem to have been involved in clock & watch repairs, printing or portering.


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