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

Reynold is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Reginald or Regenweald, meaning brave councilor, which is an alteration of the Old French name Reinold.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Reynold family name include 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, Archbishop of Canterbury (13131327), Lord High Treasurer and Lord Chancellor.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reynold research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1191, 1194, 1198, 1327, 1313, 1327, 1588, 1655, 1599, 1676, 1589, 1655, 1624, 1625, 1657, 1655 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Reynold History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 293 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reynold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Reynold 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.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Reynold family to immigrate North America:

Reynold Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Nathaniel Reynold, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • Nathaniel Reynold settled in Salem in 1630
  • Alex Reynold, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • Peter Reynold, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Walter Reynold, who arrived in Virginia in 1659


Reynold Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Georg Reynold, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734

Reynold Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Reynold, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Joseph Reynold, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Francis Reynold, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1843

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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: Jus meum tuebor
Motto Translation: I will defend my right.

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