"...Ratliff: The English surname Ratliff is of toponymic origin, deriving from the place name where the first bearer lived or held land. In this instance, the surname Ratliff dervices from any of the places, in various parts of England, called "Ratcliffe" (Devonshire), "Ratcliff" (Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire), "Radcliffe" (Buckinghamshire), "Redcliff" (Warwickshire), or "Radclive" (Buckinghamshire).
All the above mentioned places dervie their names from the Old English word "read" meaning "red" and "clif" which signifies "cliff, slope or riverbank". Among the numerous variants of the surname Ratliff we find Ratcliff, Radcliff, Radclyffe, Rattliffe, Rackliff, Redcliff, Redclift and Reddecliffe. The earliest reference to the surname Ratliff or to its variants is that of one "Walter de Radeclyf" who was registered in the "Pipe Rolls" of Devonshire in 1182." -- Ratliff-Seay and Werling
There is another discussion list on Rootsweb for "Ratliff-Esquire
" for ancestors and descendants of Esquire Ratliff whose family migrated from Montgomery County Virginia to Pike County Kentucky in the early 1800's
. (There has not been any posts since 2006 however you may find some info by searching the post in previous years.)