Early Origins of the Rainforde family
The surname Rainforde was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Rainford. The early history of this name is obscure since there wasn't a Rainford recorded in Lancashire
at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086. The earliest record of the name was Raineford which was listed in Merseyside in 1198 CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
. They are descended from Rayne, in Essex
, which was held in 1086, before and after, by the Bishop of London. Rayne was also held by Roger de Raismes, a companion in Arms to William Duke of Normandy
at the Battle of Hastings, and from this latter noble we can assume they moved north into Lancashire
. Roger was from the Castle of Rames in Normandy
to the west of Bolbec, in the arrondisement of Havre. The family retained their ties with Essex
as we shall see.
Early History of the Rainforde family
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Rainforde Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Rainford, Rainsford, Raynsford, Raynford, Rayneford and many more.
Early Notables of the Rainforde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rainforde family to Ireland
Some of the Rainforde family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rainforde family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rainforde or a variant listed above: Edward and Mrs. Rainsford, and their son Edward, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; Captain Rainford who settled with his wife and three children in Jamaica in 1774.