Raiment

This unusual name is of Old Norman/French origin, and was introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066. It was developed from the Norman personal name "Raimund, Raimond", itself adopted from the Old German given name "Raginmund", composed of the elements "ragin", counsel, might, and "mund", protection. The personal name is recorded in the Latinized from of "Raimundus" in the Domesday Book of 1086 (Essex), and the surname is also first recorded in Domesday in a Latinized form, as Giraldus Reimundus. Other early examples of the given name are "Reimond", in 1245, and "Reimund", in 1273. One Philip Remond is listed in the Exchequer Lay Subsidy Rolls for Somersetshire in 1327. Among Francis Drake's companions in the "Golden Hind" in 1580 was Gregory Raymon, recorded in Elizabeth 1's State Papers as Gregory Raymente. The modern surname forms are Raymond, Raymont, Rayment and Raiment, and recordings from London Church Registers include those of the marriage of John Rayment and Jone Corse, at St. Peter Cornhill, on February 4th 1571, and of the christening of Androwe, son of Henry Rayment, on July 12th 1584, at St. Margaret's, Westminster. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Reimunt, which was dated 1207, in the "Pipe Rolls of Hampshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Raiment — Rai ment (r[=a] ment), n. [Abbrev. fr. arraiment. See {Array}.] 1. Clothing in general; vesture; garments; usually singular in form, with a collective sense. [1913 Webster] Living, both food and raiment she supplies. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raiment — (n.) mid 15c., shortening of arayment clothing, from Anglo Fr. araiement, from O.Fr. areement, from areer to array (see ARRAY (Cf. array) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • raiment — apparel, attire, *clothes, clothing, dress …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • raiment — ► NOUN archaic or literary ▪ clothing. ORIGIN shortening of obsolete arrayment «dress, outfit» …   English terms dictionary

  • raiment — [rā′mənt] n. [ME rayment, aphetic for arayment: see ARRAY & MENT] Archaic clothing; wearing apparel; attire …   English World dictionary

  • raiment — [[t]re͟ɪmənt[/t]] raiments N UNCOUNT: also N in pl Raiment is clothing. [LITERARY] I want nothing but raiment and daily bread. Syn: clothing …   English dictionary

  • raiment — noun Etymology: Middle English rayment, short for arrayment, from arrayen to array Date: 15th century clothing, garments …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • raiment — /ray meuhnt/, n. clothing; apparel; attire. [1350 1400; ME rayment, aph. var. of arrayment. See ARRAY, MENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • raiment — noun /ˈɹeɪmənt/ Clothing, garments, dress, material. For all that beauty that doth cover thee …   Wiktionary

  • raiment — Synonyms and related words: apparel, array, attire, bedeck, bedizenment, bedrape, bundle up, clad, clothe, clothes, clothing, costume, deck, dight, drape, drapery, dress, dressing, dud, duds, enclothe, endue, enrobe, enshroud, envelop, enwrap,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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