The name MacGrannan arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name MacGrannan comes from the Norman given name Reginald
meaning brave councilor,
which is an alteration of the Old French name Reinold.
Early Origins of the MacGrannan family
The surname MacGrannan was first found in Somerset
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest
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 (1313–1327), Lord High Treasurer and Lord Chancellor.
Early History of the MacGrannan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGrannan 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 MacGrannan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacGrannan Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Reynell, Reynolds, Reynold, Reynalds, Reynell, Renaud, Renaut, Renouf, Rennard, Renals, Rennell, Rennels and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGrannan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Joshua Reynolds, a painter; Walter Reynolds (d. 1327) the son of a Windsor baker, who became a favorite of King Edward II, Archbishop of Canterbury (1313-1327); John Reynolds (c.
1588-c. 1655), an English merchant and writer from Exeter
, produced a series of... Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacGrannan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacGrannan family to Ireland
Some of the MacGrannan 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacGrannan family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name MacGrannan or a variant listed above: Henry, Samuel, Thomas Reynold settled in Barbados in 1688; Christopher Reynolds settled in Virginia in 1622; Nathaniel Reynold settled in Salem in 1630.
The MacGrannan Motto
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.