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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.

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The surname Rainey 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, 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.

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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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


  • Johnston Rainey who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1763
  • Elizabeth Rainey settled in Pennsylvania in 1773

Rainey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Arthur Rainey, who landed in Barbados in 1803
  • J Rainey, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • James Rainey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Robert Rainey, aged 45, landed in New York, NY in 1822
  • William B Rainey, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1845


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  • Christopher Arthur "Chris" Rainey (b. 1988), American NFL football running back
  • Joseph Hayne Rainey (1832-1887), first African American to serve in the United States House of Representatives
  • Charles "Chuck" Walter Rainey III (b. 1940), American bass guitar session musician
  • Charles "Chuck" Rainey (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Charles Rainey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1948, 1952
  • Anson Rainey (1848-1922), American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State Senate, 1881-82; District Judge in Texas, 1885-93; Judge, Texas Court of Appeals, 1893
  • Charles F. Rainey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1876
  • D. Rainey, American Democrat politician, Chair of Maries County Democratic Party, 1903
  • Edward J. Rainey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1904, 1908
  • Fred Rainey, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State Senate 10th District, 1973

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  • Middletown Upper Houses by Charles Collard Adams
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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  3. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
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  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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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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