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Recorded in the spellings of Radcliff, Radcliffe, Ratcliffe, Radclyffe, and Radecliffe, this surname is of pre 7th century English origins. It is a locational name from the various places in England such as the villages of Ratcliffe in the counties of Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, Radcliffe in Lancashire and Nottinghamshire, Redcliffe in Bristol and Warwickshire, Radclive in Buckinghamshire, and Rathclyffe and Rathcliffes in the county of Devon. The place name and hence the later surname, derives from the Old English word 'read' meaning red plus 'clif' meaning a cliff or sometimes a riverbank. The surname is very early and dates from the late 12th Century (see below)...

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My name is Millie. I live in Houston, Texas. I dream of someday visiting Ireland. I am blessed to have an autobiography of my gggg grandfather, James Potter Collins. The name of the book is Autobiography of a Revolutionary Soldier. He fought in the American Revolution at the Battle of Cowpens and the Battle of Kings Mountain (South Carolina and North Carolina). In the opening chapter he states that his grandparents were Charles Collins and Susannah Radlciffe of Waterford. That is all I know - and I would love to know more. In particular - to communicate with someone who has these same gggggg grandparents would be a dream come true. Oh, and I don't know about the distinction between Radcliffe and Ratcliffe...same or different family

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