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The name Rainy was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Rainy family lived in county of Angus.

Rainy Early Origins



The surname Rainy was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire.

"The Ranys or Rennys were extensive owners of land in the district of Craig in Angus from the middle of the fifteenth century, and the Rennies of Usan were recognised as an old family. Symon Renny was bailie of Inverkeithing in 1362. John Rayny, pelliparius, was burgess of Stirling in 1436." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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Rainy Early History


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Rainy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rainy research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1572, 1592, 1798, 1402, 1409 and are included under the topic Early Rainy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rainy Spelling Variations


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Rainy Spelling Variations



Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Rainy has appeared as Rayney, Rainy, Rainey, Rainnie, Rennie, Renny and many more.

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Rainy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rainy Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Rainy In Ireland


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Rainy In Ireland



Some of the Rainy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Rainy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Luke Rainy who settled in Virginia in 1679

Rainy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Rainy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rainy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rainy (post 1700)



  • Adam Rolland Rainy (1862-1911), Liberal Party politician in Scotland who sat in the House of Commons
  • Robert Rainy (1826-1906), Scottish theologian

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