Rainey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Rainey were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in county of Angus.

Early Origins of the Rainey family

The surname Rainey was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire.

"The Ranys or Rennys were extensive owners of land in the district of Craig in Angus from the middle of the fifteenth century, and the Rennies of Usan were recognised as an old family. Symon Renny was bailie of Inverkeithing in 1362. John Rayny, pelliparius, was burgess of Stirling in 1436." [1]

Early History of the Rainey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rainey research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1572, 1592, 1798, 1402, 1409 and are included under the topic Early Rainey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rainey Spelling Variations

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Rainey has appeared as Rayney, Rainy, Rainey, Rainnie, Rennie, Renny and many more.

Early Notables of the Rainey family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Rainey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Rainey family to Ireland

Some of the Rainey 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.


United States Rainey migration to the United States +

As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Rainey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johnston Rainey who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1763
  • Elizabeth Rainey, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
Rainey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Rainey, who landed in Barbados in 1803 [2]
  • J Rainey, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • James Rainey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [2]
  • Robert Rainey, aged 45, who landed in New York, NY in 1822 [2]
  • William B Rainey, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1845 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Rainey 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:

Rainey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Rainey, (b. 1840), aged 21, Irish settler, from Antrim travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [3]
  • Mr. Robert Rainey, (b. 1841), aged 20, Irish farm labourer, from Antrim travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [3]
  • Mr. Hugh Rainey, (b. 1840), aged 21, Irish farm labourer from County Down travelling from London aboard the ship "Victoria" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th March 1862 [3]
  • Mrs. Eliza Rainey, (b. 1842), aged 19, Irish settler from County Down travelling from London aboard the ship "Victoria" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th March 1862 [3]
  • Miss Eliza Rainey, (b. 1838), aged 27, British dairymaid travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rainey (post 1700) +

  • Christopher Arthur "Chris" Rainey (b. 1988), American NFL football running back
  • Joseph Hayne Rainey (1832-1887), first African American to serve in the United States House of Representatives
  • Charles "Chuck" Walter Rainey III (b. 1940), American bass guitar session musician
  • Charles "Chuck" Rainey (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Henry Thomas Rainey (1860-1934), American politician, 45th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1933-1934)
  • Ford Rainey (1908-2005), American film, stage and television actor
  • Wayne Rainey (b. 1960), American former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
  • Stephen Mark Rainey (b. 1959), American author of novels, short stories
  • Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett "Ma" Rainey (1886-1939), one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record
  • Charles Rainey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1948, 1952 [5]
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Rainey +

  • 1406 Middletown Upper Houses by Charles Collard Adams

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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