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

The prestigious French surname Reneau is a proud sign of a rich and dynamic ancestry. Many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The French Reneau surname comes from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements "ragin," meaning "counsel" and "wald," or "rule."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Renault, Renauld, Renaut, Renau, De Renault, de Renault, De Renaud, de Renauld, Renaud, Des Renaud, des Renaud and many more.

First found in Lorraine where they held a family seat.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reneau research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1568, 1581, 1591, 1606, 1624, 1652, 1662, 1701, and 1719 are included under the topic Early Reneau History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reneau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reneau Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jacques Reneau, who arrived in New York in 1659
  • Andre Reneau, who landed in Rhode Island in 1683

Reneau Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Stephen Reneau, who landed in New York, NY in 1715

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  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Reneau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reneau 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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