Eleazer Rice

about 1717–
Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of Eleazer

When Eleazer Rice was born about 1717, in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Eleazer Rice, was 22 and his mother, Thankful Fletcher, was 16.

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Family Time Line

Eleazer Rice
1695–1767
Thankful Fletcher
1701–1735
Eleazer Rice
1717–
Bethia Rice
1721–1767
Thankful Rice
1724–

Parents and Siblings

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Name Meaning

Welsh: Anglicized pronunciation of one of the most common Welsh personal names, Rhys, from a form originally meaning ‘rash, impetuous’, also spelled Rys and Re(e)s. See also Reese , with which it is interchangeable as a result of different Anglicized forms of the Welsh vowel y, and also compare Preece and Price . Initial R- in Welsh is voiceless and often spelled Rh-, but in English R- is voiced as in the Anglicized surnames Rees and Rice. Welsh y is a short back vowel /ɪ/. In the medieval period the English approximation of this vowel was either /i/ or /e/, lengthened to /i:/ and /e:/. Subsequent sound changes in English produced the alternative pronunciations represented in Rees, Preece and Rice, Price. The name has also been established in Ireland from an early date.English: either a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a thicket (Middle English ris, rice, ris, from Old English hrīs, Old Norse hrís), or a habitational name for someone who came from a place called with this word, such as Rise (East Yorkshire).English: perhaps a nickname from Middle English Rys(e) and Re(e)s which when without a preposition could derive from one or other of several Old French and Middle English words, including Anglo-Norman French ris ‘laughter, smile’, Middle English ris, res ‘stem, stalk’, in origin the same word as in 2 above, and Middle English ris, rise, rice, res, Old French ris, riz ‘rice’, perhaps a nickname for a rice dealer or a cook.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Reese
Rees
Ryce
Rise
Wrice

Sources (1)

  • Eleazer Rice, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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