Meaning and Origin of: Raleigh

Girl name origins & meanings

  • English : Field of birds

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Dweller by the deer meadow

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from Raleigh in Devon, recorded in Domesday Book as Radeleia, from Old English rēad ‘red’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.
  • The English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (1554–1618) was born in Hayes Barton, Devon, into a family of Devon gentry. He was related to most of the West Country’s important families, including that of Sir Francis Drake. His half-brother was the explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert. In 1578 Raleigh was granted a patent to explore and colonize “unknown lands” in America.