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The Rainfrew surname is of local origin, derived from the town so called in Renfrewshire.

Rainfrew Early Origins



The surname Rainfrew was first found in county of Edenburk, where they held a family seat. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north and the borders became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land. Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. The name was first recorded in Scotland in 1296 when Adam DeReynfru of the county of Edenburk rendered homage to King Edward 1st of England in 1296 during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland.

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Rainfrew Spelling Variations


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Rainfrew Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Renfrew, Renfrye, Reynfrew, Rainfrew, Renfro, Renfroe and many more.

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Rainfrew Early History


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Rainfrew Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rainfrew research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1304, 1408, 1404 and 1772 are included under the topic Early Rainfrew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rainfrew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rainfrew Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Janet Renfrew, who settled in New York in 1774; James Renfrew, who was naturalized in Lancaster county Pennsylvania in 1802; John Renfrew, who was naturalized in Allegheny Co., PA in 1831.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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    The Rainfrew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rainfrew 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.

    This page was last modified on 7 January 2013 at 12:35.

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