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About the study
Historical occurrences of the name
Rashleigh: In 1881 there were 214. 2002: 214. 20,403rd most common.
Rashley: 1881: There were 148 in 2002: 102
Rashly: 1881: There were 8 in 2002: 0
Distribution of the name
Rashleigh: 1881: Predominantly in Cornwall. The others are in Hampshire spreading eastwards right across the south into London and Kent. None north of London. Since the mid-ninteenth century they have also spread throughout the world with many in the USA and Australia.
Rashley: 1881: Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Dorset. Today they are spread through most of England, though with only a few in the north. (Surname Atlas v1.10, Archer Software).
It should be noted that in the 19th century some families used Rashleigh / Rashley / Raishley in an interchangeable manner. Probably due to the person who at the time was recording the data.
All of the data has been obtained from public records mainly the Birth, Marriage and Death entries from the General Register Offices for England & Wales since 1837. The census data from 1841 through to 1911 is also incorporated (all UK national censuses). Many baptisms from 1800, from those counties that have on-line records, have also been incorporated. A number of families now have a partial genealogy back to the 17th century. Some relationships have been made by educated guess work (there are a lot of Williams and Marys!). The study now incorporates mainly research from around the world, particularly USA and Australia. Much verified by reference to national or state governmental records. The research so far can be found at:
Acknowledgments: UK - Rashleighs: Caroline Rashleigh; Jackie Wilson, Rodney Marples and Ellen Lyne
Rashleys: Rosaleen and John Rashley, Charlotte Hosking, Jane Harrington, Keith Rees
USA - Bonnie Rashleigh
Australia: Joyce Conacher