The name Rainforth is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the chapelry of Rainford in the parish of Prescot in Lancashire
. The surname Rainforth is a habitation
name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Rainforth was originally derived from the Old English Regnaforde
which refers to those individuals who lived by the ford.
However, there is also evidence that the name in fact referred to Danish settlers, who came from Randers Fiord, Denmark.
Early Origins of the Rainforth family
The surname Rainforth was first found in Lancashire
where they were found since ancient times, perhaps even predating the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D. Early records, and the church cemetery show bearers of the name in Little Crosby, Lancashire.
Early History of the Rainforth family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rainforth research.Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1469, 1933, 1482, 1559, 1537, 1538, 1529, 1605, 1680, 1660, 1663, 1632, 1690, 1652, 1709, 1700 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Rainforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rainforth Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Rainforth has been spelled many different ways, including Rainford, Rainsford, Raynsford, Raynsforde, Reinsford, Reinsforde, Raynesford, Rainesford, Rainesforde, Ranford, Ranforde, Randsford, Randford, Randeford and many more.
Early Notables of the Rainforth family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Raynsford of Bradfield Hall, Essex; and his son, Sir John Raynsford (by 1482-1559) was an English politician, High Sheriff
(1537-1538), Member of Parliament for Colchester in 1529; John Raynsford, an English politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for Colchester during... Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rainforth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rainforth family to Ireland
Some of the Rainforth family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 118 words (8 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 Rainforth family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Rainforths to arrive in North America:
Rainforth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Miles Rainforth, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1863 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Rainforth (post 1700)
- Jeff Rainforth (b. 1968), American politician, Representative from California 6th District, 2002; Independent Candidate for Governor of California, 2003 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html