Rayson Coat of Arms

Rayson genealogy

This page contains genealogical information about the Rayson family name. The coat of arms displayed on this page comes from one of those 'Book of Raysons' you can buy and is probably completely unrelated to the Rayson family! Please let me know if you are researching the Rayson name.

My own research

I traced my own family tree back several generations and was lucky to find a link to someone who had traced the Rayson family tree back as far as 1550 A.D. in Hambleton, Rutland, England.

Other people's research

Various people have emailed me from around the world who have the Rayson surname or are researching their family tree which includes the Rayson name. Some information is collected on this page so that it might be of use to other researchers.

There's a Rayson Family Web Site running at MyFamily.com, please get in touch if you're interested in joining.

Researcher Interest
Jill Browne
P.O. Box 81123
Lake Bonavista R.P.O.
Calgary, Alberta
T2J 7C9
e-mail: contact Paul if you wish to get in touch with Jill.
William RAYSON and Ann DODD, lived in and around Haltwhistle, Northumberland, from about 1810 to 1890. They had a large family including my g.g. grandmother, Marguerite or Margaret RAYSON, born about 1850. She married Thomas George LEWIS, who had a pub called the Lord Nelson in London (still standing, in Islington, near City Road and Old Street). Died around 1888.

I am interested in any English RAYSONs, and anyone with ANY surname who has an interest in the local history of Haltwhistle and area.

Luis Omar Rayson
1479 Gabriel Larralde Street
Caseros- (Provincia de Buenos Aires)
Republica Argentina
C.P. 1678
Phone: 759-6891

email: luisray@inti.edu.ar or luisray@inti.gov.ar
I'm a descendant of an old English immigrant called Thomas Rayson, who went to Argentina in about 1880 as a worker during the laying of our railway system. This immigrant came with his wife and children, two boys (Juan and Alfredo) and a girl (Mili). His wife was called Mary Rayson (formely Coleman). My father was Juan's son (Juan means John in English). I have a photograph of my great-grandfather taken in Liverpool about 1880.
Diane Zanetti
Walpole, Massachusetts, USA

email: dzanetti@aol.com
My gggrandmother was Ann Rayson, born about 1836, daughter of Paul and Mary Graham. From information provided by Chris Rayson, Paul was born about 1817, the son of Edward and Hannah. The family was from Cumberland, towns of Cadew, Carlisle, Burgh by Sands. Ann Rayson, married to Johnathan Moffatt was my gggrandmother.
John Rayson

email: john.rayson@derbyshire.freeserve.co.uk
If anyone is researching Rayson connections in Cumbria then please get in touch. I have a lot of information which I am quite happy to share.
Carolyn Crocker

email: carolyn@znet.net.au
William RAYSON, d.o.b 1843-44, married Elizabeth Pittman d.o.b.1846 The children I'm aware of are as follows:
  • Annie 1867
  • Rose 1869 my g-gran born Martock Somerset
  • Lillie 1871
  • Charles 1872
  • Sidney 1874
  • John 1876
  • Albert 1877
  • Emma 1879
William was an engine fitter, in the 1881 census, and an engineer according to Rose's death certificate, what on earth would they have been fitting engines to back then? I'm guessing at trains or maybe ships. Rose emmigrated to Australia in 1887, settled in Mackay, and married Joseph (maybe John) BOWMAN. I don't know if she came with any other family members.

Paul's home page.

Other relevant sites:

Rutland on-line The SurnameWeb