The English surname Rawlings, also found in Ireland, is of patronymic origin deriving from the Middle English personal name Rawlin, Old French Raulin. The name is first recorded in medieval records in 1343 when John Rawlynes is recorded in the “Ancient deeds” of Warwickshire. The marriage of Edward Rawlings and Alice Hignett is registered at St. James church, Duke’s Place on April 2nd 1668. The earliest record of the name in the New World is in 1639 when Christopher Rawlings settled in Virginia. Today there are approximately 9,000 bearers of the name Rawlings living in the US.
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