Origins Available: English
MacGrannell is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. MacGrannell comes from the Norman given name Reginald
meaning brave councilor,
which is an alteration of the Old French name Reinold.
Early Origins of the MacGrannell family
The surname MacGrannell 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 MacGrannell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGrannell research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1191, 1194, 1198, 1327, 1313, 1327, 1588, 1655, 1549, 1607, 1544, 1594, 1599, 1676, 1589, 1655, 1624, 1625, 1657, 1655 and 1657 are included under the topic Early MacGrannell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacGrannell Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name MacGrannell were recorded, including Reynell, Reynolds, Reynold, Reynalds, Reynell, Renaud, Renaut, Renouf, Rennard, Renals, Rennell, Rennels and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGrannell family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was 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 violent stories around marriage, adultery... Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacGrannell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacGrannell family to Ireland
Some of the MacGrannell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 59 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 MacGrannell family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name MacGrannell arrived in North America very early: Henry, Samuel, Thomas Reynold settled in Barbados in 1688; Christopher Reynolds settled in Virginia in 1622; Nathaniel Reynold settled in Salem in 1630.
The MacGrannell 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.