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Where did the English Rennels family come from? What is the English Rennels family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rennels family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rennels family history?The name Rennels reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Rennels family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Rennels is based on the Norman given name Reginald or Regenweald, meaning brave councilor, which is an alteration of the Old French name Reinold.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Rennels has been recorded under many different variations, including Reynell, Reynolds, Reynold, Reynalds, Reynell, Renaud, Renaut, Renouf, Rennard, Renals, Rennell, Rennels and many more.
First found in Somerset where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Early records of the name mention Willemus filius Raunaldi who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Walter Reynolds (died 1327) was Bishop of Worcester, later Archbishop of Canterbury (1313–1327) as also was Lord High Treasurer and Lord Chancellor.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rennels research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1198, 1327, 1313, 1327, 1599 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Rennels History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rennels Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Rennels family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Rennelss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Henry, Samuel, Thomas Reynold settled in Barbados in 1688; Christopher Reynolds settled in Virginia in 1622; Nathaniel Reynold settled in Salem in 1630.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Jus meum tuebor
Motto Translation: I will defend my right.
The Rennels Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rennels 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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