The present generation of the Rainsfith family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the chapelry of Rainford in the parish of Prescot in Lancashire
. The surname Rainsfith is a habitation
name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Rainsfith was originally derived from the Old English Regnaforde
which refers to those individuals who lived by the ford.
However, there is also evidence that the name in fact referred to Danish settlers, who came from Randers Fiord, Denmark.
Early Origins of the Rainsfith family
The surname Rainsfith was first found in Lancashire
where they were found since ancient times, perhaps even predating the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D. Early records, and the church cemetery show bearers of the name in Little Crosby, Lancashire.
Early History of the Rainsfith family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rainsfith research.Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1469, 1933, 1482, 1559, 1537, 1538, 1529, 1605, 1680, 1660, 1663, 1632, 1690, 1652, 1709, 1700 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Rainsfith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rainsfith Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Rainsfith include Rainford, Rainsford, Raynsford, Raynsforde, Reinsford, Reinsforde, Raynesford, Rainesford, Rainesforde, Ranford, Ranforde, Randsford, Randford, Randeford and many more.
Early Notables of the Rainsfith family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Raynsford of Bradfield Hall, Essex; and his son, Sir John Raynsford (by 1482-1559) was an English politician, High Sheriff
(1537-1538), Member of Parliament for Colchester in 1529; John Raynsford, an English politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for Colchester during... Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rainsfith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rainsfith family to Ireland
Some of the Rainsfith family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rainsfith family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Rainsfith were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Edward Rainsford and his wife, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Captain Rainford, who settled in Jamaica in 1774, with his wife and three children.
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