The name McGrannell was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. 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 McGrannell family
The surname McGrannell 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 McGrannell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGrannell 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, 1657, 1636, 1690, 1657, 1612 and 1663 are included under the topic Early McGrannell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McGrannell Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Reynell, Reynolds, Reynold, Reynalds, Reynell, Renaud, Renaut, Renouf, Rennard, Renals, Rennell, Rennels and many more.
Early Notables of the McGrannell 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 and murder as well as some political writings that caused him to be imprisoned.
John Reynolds or Rainolds (1549-1607), was English president of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and dean of Lincoln, born at Pinhoe, near Exeter
. William Reinolds (c.
1544-1594), was an English Roman Catholic divine, second son of Richard Rainolds... Another 152 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGrannell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McGrannell family to Ireland
Some of the McGrannell 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 McGrannell family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name McGrannell or a variant listed above were: Henry, Samuel, Thomas Reynold settled in Barbados in 1688; Christopher Reynolds settled in Virginia in 1622; Nathaniel Reynold settled in Salem in 1630.
The McGrannell 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.
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