Show ContentsMcReynolds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name McReynolds have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Raghnaill, which means son of Raghnal. Raghnal is a personal name equivalent to Randal or Reginald.

Early Origins of the McReynolds family

The surname McReynolds was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McReynolds family

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McReynolds Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname McReynolds can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include McRannell, McReynolds, Reynolds, Grannell, Magranill, MacGrannell, MacRaghnald, MacRanel, McRanel, MacRannal, MacRannel, MacRanell, MacRanall and many more.

Early Notables of the McReynolds family (pre 1700)

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McReynolds Ranking

In the United States, the name McReynolds is the 4,263rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States McReynolds migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the McReynolds name:

McReynolds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E. McReynolds, who settled in Baltimore in 1822
  • Robert McReynolds, who landed in Mississippi in 1842 [2]
  • J S McReynolds, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [2]
McReynolds Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bernard McReynolds, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1908
  • Charlotte McReynolds, aged 27, who landed in America from Coalisland, Ireland, in 1911
  • Annie McReynolds, aged 25, who settled in America from Kilrea, Ireland, in 1921
  • Charles McReynolds, aged 27, who immigrated to America from Port Glasgow, Scotland, in 1923
  • Catherine McReynolds, aged 31, who landed in America from Port Glasgow, Scotland, in 1923

New Zealand McReynolds migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McReynolds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Mcreynolds, British settler arriving as the 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [3]
  • Mrs. Ann Mcreynolds née Keating, British settler travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McReynolds (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Wilbur Reece McReynolds (1892-1957), American Air Quartermaster at Headquarters US Army Air Forces (1944-1946) [4]
  • Sam Davis McReynolds (1872-1939), American politician from Tennessee
  • Madison McReynolds (b. 1993), American actress, best known for her role on CSI
  • Larry McReynolds (b. 1959), American NASCAR race car crew chief
  • Kevin McReynolds (b. 1959), American Major League Baseball player
  • Jesse McReynolds (b. 1929), American bluegrass musician
  • Faris McReynolds (b. 1977), American artist and musician
  • David McReynolds (b. 1929), American socialist
  • David McReynolds (b. 1929), American politician, Socialist Candidate for President of the United States, 1980, 2000; Green Candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 2004 [5]
  • Andrew T. McReynolds, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Michigan, 1839 [5]
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RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William McReynolds (d. 1912), aged 22, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [6]

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  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  4. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Wilbur McReynolds. Retrieved from
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  6. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook