Last name: Rae

This interesting surname recorded in several forms including McRae, MacRae, Rae, Ree, and Rea, is of Medieval Scottish origin, although there can be confusion with English nameholder of similar spellings. The derivation is from the pre 7th century Old English 'ra'. This word described the roe deer, and when used as a nickname was on the face of it, a description for a rather timid person. However the developed sense of humour of the medieval period was to say the least robust, and 'nicknames' often meant the reverse of what they appeared to describe. This is certainly the case with the Scottish Border clan 'Rae' (originally Raa) from the Dumfries region. They were one of the fiercest and most disruptive of the famous 'Reivers'. They were described in a 15th century warrant of the Scottish court as being as 'troublesome and contumacious as any of the borderers'. Their refusal to cooperate in the lawful business of the region being legendary! There are many recordings of namebearers, these dating from as early as 1231, when Robert Raa, described as a mason, witnessed a charter to the Abbey of Culross, Peter Rae 1671 - 1748 was a minister of Kirkconnel, Scotland, and published an account of the 1715 Jacobite uprising. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Vlui Ra, which was dated 1095, in the Records of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, during the reign of King Henry 1 of England, known as 'The Lion of Justice', 1087 - 1100.

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Kathleen Rae Cella

My maiden name is Rae. My great grandfather John Forbes Rae was born in Scotland. His Naturalization papers from western Pennsylvania say he was born in Dundee. His father, Alexander Rae, was born in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His naturalization papers simply say Scotland. His father, my great, great, great grandfather John Rae was born in Kincardine O'Neil, Aberdeenshire and married Isabella Forbes.. That is all the records I have. I believe John's father is father was James Rae born about 1775. If this sounds familiar to anyone, I would love to hear from you.


My gg grandfather was John 'Jock' RAE, came to Australia in 1853. He was born in Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland. Believe his father was Robert RAE and his mother Christine ARMSTRONG. Jock had a brother James. Love to hear from anyone with connections !!

Andrew Teh

Hi guys, my great grandmother (on my mother's side) was a Rae. Her father was George Rae. They migrated to Malaysia YEAAARRRSS ago. I'm interested to meet more Raes & know more about my ancestry. Please contact me on facebook : Hex Marlboro or email me at

Tim Rae
Apparently a rare surname in the U.S. with less than 5,000 people in a population of over 310 million. It's good to be unique.

Carol Ann Rae Now adopted Nisbet in 1977
Looking for any family members as my parents split in the mid of The 1970's Id Love To Hear I Have not seen him in over 40 yrs as im 50 now i never stopped yearning His name Is james Kyle Rae born mid 1940,s I Have Godparents by nameof Davey (David) Mary His Wife GBy Awe My Lovely Clan Lol Hope to HearFrom Someone Very Soon TY x

Hello, I'm looking for anyone who belongs to the Rae family of Perth, Scotland.

Jocavette Rae Cruz
Hi Family!

susan smith
hi ,my granmother was EDITH maiden name RAE.married THOMAS VICTOR CRAWFORD ,they lived in CHIRNSIDE BERRYWICKSHIRE SCOTLAND,they came to AUSTRALIA in 1949,,,,,,,,,,,does it ring a bell in any RAE family ,,,,,,,,,thank you so much ,,,,,,,,, my email is thanks

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