McGranell is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought to England
. It comes from the Norman given name Reginald
meaning brave councilor,
which is an alteration of the Old French name Reinold.
Early Origins of the McGranell family
The surname McGranell 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 McGranell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGranell 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 McGranell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McGranell Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the McGranell family name include Reynell, Reynolds, Reynold, Reynalds, Reynell, Renaud, Renaut, Renouf, Rennard, Renals, Rennell, Rennels and many more.
Early Notables of the McGranell 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 McGranell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McGranell family to Ireland
Some of the McGranell 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 McGranell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the McGranell family to immigrate North America: Henry, Samuel, Thomas Reynold settled in Barbados in 1688; Christopher Reynolds settled in Virginia in 1622; Nathaniel Reynold settled in Salem in 1630.
The McGranell 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.