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

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Reyna family name to the British Isles. Reyna comes from the short forms of various Germanic personal names containing the element Ragin, meaning counsel.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Raines, Raine, Rayne and others.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reyna research. Another 220 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1280 are included under the topic Early Reyna History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Reyna Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Reyna or a variant listed above:

Reyna Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Catalina De Reyna, who arrived in Peru in 1853
  • Emma Reyna, aged 8, who landed in America, in 1894
  • C Reyna, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897
  • Elisa M. Reyna, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897

Reyna Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Alberto Reyna, aged 0, who landed in America from Mexico City, in 1904
  • Alfredo Reyna, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Mexico, Mexico, in 1913
  • Bernard Reyna, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Ceferina Reyna, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Anna Reyna, aged 29, who landed in America from Balboa, Panama, in 1922


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  • Claudio Reyna (b. 1973), retired American soccer player
  • Jimmie V. Reyna (b. 1952), American lawyer and former president of the Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Greg Reyna (b. 1949), American animator and director
  • Leonel Fernandez Reyna (b. 1953), president of the Dominican Republic from 1996-2000
  • Angel Eduardo Reyna (b. 1984), Mexican football midfielder
  • Irvin Reyna, Honduran football player
  • Cornelio Reyna (1940-1997), Mexican norteño singer
  • Fredy Reyna (1917-2001), Venezuelan musician, arranger and performer
  • Alejandro Reyna, Mexican actor and singer
  • Jorge Reyna (b. 1963), retired Cuban male triple jumper

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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: Judicium parium aut leges terrae
Motto Translation: The judgement of my peers, or the laws of the land.

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The Reyna Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reyna 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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