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Where did the English Rauner family come from? What is the English Rauner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rauner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rauner family history?

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Rauner came from the baptismal name Rainer, which was taken from the Old Germanic name Raginhari which means counsel and army. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Rauner has been recorded under many different variations, including Rayners, Rainor, Rayner, Raynor, Rainer, Raynar, Rainyer, Reyner, Rauner, Raener, Rainar, Raynere, Raynars, Raynors, Raynore, Raynare, Raynair and many more.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rauner research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1400, 1600 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Rauner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rauner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rauner or a variant listed above:

Rauner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Leonard Rauner, who arrived in Georgia in 1741

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The Rauner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rauner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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