Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Ms Sarah-Beth Watkins
The purpose of the Raggett One Name Study is to look at the origins of the surname and compile information on the Raggetts throughout history. My own family were agricultural labourers from Hemel Hempstead, Herts and the aim of the study is to look at where Raggetts lived and what they did over the generations.
Raggett appears to have been a nickname derived from ‘ragged’. It has also been associated with Reigate in Surrey. It could be derived from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Ragg’.
Raggett is quite an unusual surname but a growing one.
In the 1841 UK census there were 224 Raggetts rising to 492 in the 1881 census.
Raggett is predominantly an English surname with it also occurring in New Zealand and the USA.
The 1881 census lists Surrey, London, Hertfordshire, Sussex and Kent as the top counties where Raggetts were living.
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