Raleigh name meaning

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in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Raleigh

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  1. Capital of the state of North Carolina; located in the east central part of the North Carolina
  2. English courtier (a favorite of Elizabeth I) who tried to colonize Virginia; introduced potatoes and tobacco to England (1552-1618)

From Old English , rāha (“roe deer”) + lēah (“woodland, clearing”).

  1. A historic manor in Devon, England.
  2. An English habitational surname​ from the manor in England.
  3. A male given name, transferred from the surname.
  4. Sir Walter Raleigh, English explorer and soldier.
  5. The capital city of North Carolina, United States and the county seat of Wake County; named for Sir Walter Raleigh.
  6. A town in New South Wales, Australia.
  7. A town in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; named for the British Royal Navy cruiser HMS Raleigh, itself for Sir Walter Raleigh.
  8. Multiple smaller locales in the United States:
    1. A town, the county seat of Smith County, Mississippi; named for Sir Walter Raleigh.
    2. A neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee; named for the city in North Carolina.
    3. A village in Illinois; named for the city in North Carolina.
    4. A census-designated place in Florida.
    5. A census-designated place in North Dakota; named for Sir Walter Raleigh.
    6. An unincorporated community in Georgia; named for Raleigh Bowden.
    7. An unincorporated community in Indiana; named for the city in North Carolina.
    8. An unincorporated community in Iowa.
    9. An unincorporated community in West Virginia; named for its county, itself for Sir Walter Raleigh.
  9. An English bicycle manufacturer.

Notable Persons Named Raleigh

Notable Persons Named Raleigh

Raleigh McKenzie

Raleigh McKenzie is a football player for the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, and Green Bay Packers. Raleigh was born on February 8th, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Raleigh Colston

Raleigh was born on October 1st, 1825. He left this life on July 29th, 1896.

Raleigh "Biz" Mackey

Raleigh "Biz" Mackey was a baseball. Raleigh was born on July 27th, 1897 in Eagle Pass, Texas. He left this life on September 22nd, 1965.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a historian, collector, and collecting. Raleigh was born in 1938 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Raleigh Gilbert

Raleigh was born in 1936. He died in 1998.

Raleigh Brown

Raleigh Brown was a lawyer and judge. Raleigh was born on December 10th, 1921 in Shreveport in Caddo Parish Louisiana, USA. He breathed his last breath on May 23rd, 2009.

  • Raleigh Ernest Rhodes
    Prisoner of War

Notable Persons With the Last Name Raleigh

Notable Persons With the Last Name Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh was a writer. Walter was born on January 22nd, 1552 in Hayes Barton, East Budleigh, Devon, England. He passed away on October 29th, 1618.

Carew Raleigh

Carew was born in 1605. He breathed his last breath in 1666.

Kevin Raleigh

Kevin Raleigh is a rock music and pop music musician. He plays Keyboard instrument and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to 1990. Kevin was born on February 27th, 1952 in Cleveland.

Gregory G. Raleigh

Gregory G. Raleigh is a in the field of telecommunication. Gregory was born in 1961 in Orange, California, U.S.

Nora Raleigh Baskin

Nora Raleigh Baskin is a writer. Nora was given the name Nora Raleigh in Brooklyn, New York.

Ben Raleigh

Ben was born on June 16th, 1913. He breathed his last breath on February 26th, 1997.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Raleigh U.S.
  White 89.03% 64.26%
  African American 6.22% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.90% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.91% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Raleigh

People with the last name Raleigh are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Raleigh

  • How Popular is the name Raleigh? Raleigh is the 2,403rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Raleigh was the 8,317th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Raleigh have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 11,187 babies born with the first name Raleigh in the United States. That's more than enough people named Raleigh to occupy the country of Tuvalu with an estimated population of 10,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Raleigh? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 14 new born babies.
  • When was Raleigh first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Raleigh is Sunday, July 25th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Raleigh born? The highest recorded use of the first name Raleigh was in 2016 with a total of 170 babies.
  • Random Raleigh Factoid: According to the 2006 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Raleigh is not a popular baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Ohio have the same name in 2006.
  • Weird things about the name Raleigh: The name spelled backwards is Hgielar. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Hreagli. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Raleigh? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,984 people with the last name Raleigh.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Raleigh? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Raleigh as their last name.
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