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The ancestors of the name Rainsford date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Rainsford family lived in the chapelry of Rainford in the parish of Prescot in Lancashire. The surname Rainsford 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 Rainsford 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.

Rainsford Early Origins



The surname Rainsford was first found in Lancashire where they were found since ancient times, perhaps even predating the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. Early records, and the church cemetery show bearers of the name in Little Crosby, Lancashire.

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Rainsford Spelling Variations


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Rainsford Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Rainsford are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Rainsford include: Rainford, Rainsford, Raynsford, Raynsforde, Reinsford, Reinsforde, Raynesford, Rainesford, Rainesforde, Ranford, Ranforde, Randsford, Randford, Randeford and many more.

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Rainsford Early History


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Rainsford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rainsford research. Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1469, 1933, 1605, 1680, 1660, 1663, 1632, 1690, 1652, 1709, 1700 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Rainsford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rainsford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rainsford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Raynsford of Essex; John Raynsford, an English politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for Colchester during the 16th century; and Sir Richard Rainsford SL (1605-1680), an English judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1660 and 1663...

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rainsford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rainsford In Ireland


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Rainsford In Ireland



Some of the Rainsford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Rainsford or a variant listed above:

Rainsford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward and Mrs. Rainsford, and their son Edward, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edward Rainsford and his wife, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edward Rainsford, aged 26, landed in New England in 1635
  • Edward Rainsford, who settled in Barbados in 1680
  • John Rainsford, who also settled in America in 1680 with his servants
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rainsford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Giles Rainsford, who arrived in Maryland in 1716

Rainsford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs A Rainsford, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892

Rainsford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Rainsford, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1904
  • William John Reade Rainsford, aged 54, who landed in America from Kingston Jamaica, in 1906
  • David Rainsford, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1908
  • Francis Rainsford, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Kedderminister, England, in 1909
  • Kate J. Rainsford, aged 23, who settled in America from Lismagoy, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rainsford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Andrew Rainsford U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Andrew Rainsford U.E. (b. 1734) who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1786 he was Barrack Master, the First Receiver-General in New Brunswick, he died in 1820 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Rainsford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Rainsford arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • James Rainsford, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rainsford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rainsford (post 1700)



  • Marguerite "Jill" Rainsford (1905-1994), American actress, songwriter, painter and author
  • Seymour Grome Rainsford (1900-1994), English surgeon, Rear Admiral, Deputy Medical Director-General of the Royal Navy, and Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur
  • William Henry Rainsford (d. 1822), English Major General
  • General Charles Rainsford (1728-1809), British Army officer and politician, Governor of Gibraltar (1794-1795), buried at the Tower of London
  • Edward Charles Rainsford (b. 1984), Zimbabwean cricketer

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm

Other References

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  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Rainsford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rainsford 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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