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Rawlins Surname History

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Rawlins Meaning & Etymology

There are currently two theories as to the origen of the surname Rawlins.  They both concur that it derives from the given name of Ralf or Rolf or Raul. This appears to be of Scandinavian origin and is represented by the form  Ráðulfr in Old Norse, Raedwulf  in Anglo-Saxon and Rudolf or Radulf in Old German. In each case the name is derived from two root words meaning "counsel, wisdom, or advice" and "wolf" and may be said to have a meaning of "counselled by wolves", "wolf-wise" or "wolf counselor". Forms such as Randwulf, Ranulf and Randal also exist. At some point the name became monosyllabic and spread across Europe as Ralf, Ralph, Rauf, Raffe, Rolf, Rolph, Rawl, Raul, Roaul etc. Theory 1 suggests that it is a Saxon  "-ingas" surname with the given name followed by "ingas" meaning "the followers of".  Raulingas or Rawlings would be applied to all the followers of one individual and showed their allegience. In Britian many place names are derived the same way, with a personal name followed by -ington and -ingham, meaning the place where the group settled.  Theory 2 suggests that Raulin is a diminutive form of Raul that arose in France, where it is still used as a given name. Its use both as a given name and proto-surname is known by Norman times and could have been adopted in Britian after 1066. The form Rollins seems later and may be phonetic spelling adopted in Ireland and, thereafter, America.

Rawlins Life Expectancy

According to our database of 2,564 people with the last name Rawlins that have a birth and death date listed:

Life Expectancy

69.1
years

Most Common Rawlins First Names

According to our database of 4,076 people with the last name Rawlins that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • William 3.6%
  • James 3.0%
  • John 2.4%
  • Mary 2.3%
  • Robert 1.7%
  • Charles 1.6%
  • George 1.4%
  • Thomas 1.2%
  • Edward 0.9%
  • Richard 0.9%
  • Joseph 0.9%
  • David 0.9%
  • Margaret 0.7%
  • Henry 0.6%
  • Frank 0.6%
  • Walter 0.6%
  • Kenneth 0.6%
  • Donald 0.5%
  • Dorothy 0.5%
  • Helen 0.5%
  • Edwin 0.5%
  • Alfred 0.5%
  • Roy 0.5%
  • Harry 0.4%
  • Alice 0.4%
  • Rawlins 0.4%
  • Arthur 0.4%
  • Frederick 0.4%
  • Herbert 0.4%
  • Sarah 0.4%
  • Frances 0.4%
  • Betty 0.4%
  • Mildred 0.4%
  • Annie 0.4%
  • Elizabeth 0.4%
  • Anna 0.4%
  • Harold 0.4%
  • Daniel 0.4%
  • Agnes 0.4%
  • Ruth 0.3%
  • Michael 0.3%
  • Louise 0.3%
  • Allen 0.3%
  • Samuel 0.3%
  • Irene 0.3%
  • Paul 0.3%
  • Ellen 0.3%
  • J 0.3%
  • Earl 0.3%
  • Benjamin 0.3%

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