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Where did the Scottish Rainey family come from? What is the Scottish Rainey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rainey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rainey family history?Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Rainey were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in county of Angus.
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Rainey has appeared as Rayney, Rainy, Rainey, Rainnie, Rennie, Renny and many more.
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, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rainey research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rainey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Rainey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Rainey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:
Rainey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Rainey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Rainey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rainey 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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