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RATCLIFF Family History

This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places throughout England named with the Olde English pre 7th Century "read", red, with "clif", cliff, slope, riverbank. These places include: Ratcliffe (Curley) and Ratcliff (on the Wreak), Leicestershire, recorded respectively as "Redeclive" and "Radeclive" in the Domesday Book of 1086; Ratcliff (upon Soar), Nottinghamshire, and Ratcliff in Middlesex; also, Radcliffe in Lancashire and Nottinghamshire; Radclive, Berkshire, appearing as "Radeclive" in the Domesday Book, and Redcliff, Somerset. Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace...

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