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Where did the Irish McReynolds family come from? What is the Irish McReynolds family crest and coat of arms? When did the McReynolds family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McReynolds family history?

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.


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.

First found in county Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McReynolds research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1625, 1657, 1717 and 1725 are included under the topic Early McReynolds History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McReynolds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 came to Mississippi in 1842
  • Robert McReynolds, who landed in Mississippi in 1842
  • J S McReynolds, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855

McReynolds Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bernard McReynolds, aged 31, who emigrated 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
  • Catherine McReynolds, aged 31, who landed in America from Port Glasgow, Scotland, in 1923
  • Charles McReynolds, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Port Glasgow, Scotland, in 1923


  • Brigadier-General Wilbur Reece McReynolds (1892-1957), American Air Quartermaster at Headquarters US Army Air Forces (1944-1946)
  • 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
  • Mr. William McReynolds (d. 1912), aged 22, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • James Clark McReynolds (1862-1946), U.S. Attorney General (1913-14) and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1914-41)


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The McReynolds Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McReynolds Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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