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The ancestors of the Rainville family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Rainville is based on the short forms of various Germanic personal names containing the element Ragin, meaning counsel. It it thought that the name could also have been derived from Rennes, in Brittany. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
However, not all of the family joined the Conqueror as seen by the listing of Warenger Raine in Normandy (1180-1195.) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


Rainville Early Origins



The surname Rainville was first found in Essex where Roger Rayne was granted lands at Rayne as companion in arms of William the Conqueror. Other early spellings of the name include De Raines and Raneis. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Alice Reine in Cambridgeshire; John Reyn and Nicholas Reyn in Lincolnshire; Robert de Rennes in Oxfordshire; and Richard de Rennes. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Robert Rayne; Johannes Rayne; Richard Rayneson; and William Rayne. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Rainville Spelling Variations


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Rainville Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rainville include Raines, Raine, Rayne and others.

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Rainville Early History


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Rainville Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rainville research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1280 are included under the topic Early Rainville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rainville Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rainville Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rainville 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



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Rainvilles to arrive on North American shores:

Rainville Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mme. Eugenie Rainville, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Mr. Henri Rainville, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Noel Rainville, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Arthur Rainville, aged 26, who landed in America from Paris, in 1897

Rainville Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Genevieve Rainville, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1916
  • Georges Rainville, aged 47, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1916

Rainville Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • H. B. Rainville, aged 50, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1910
  • Henri Rainville, aged 50, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • Victoria Rainville, aged 51, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • Mrs. Henri Rainville, aged 38, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • Gustavas Hy. Rainville, aged 25, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rainville (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rainville (post 1700)



  • Martha Rainville (b. 1958), American retired Air Force Major General
  • Earl D. Rainville (1907-1966), American professor at the University of Michigan
  • Harold E. Rainville (b. 1907), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1952, 1964
  • Henri-Benjamin Rainville (1852-1937), Canadian lawyer, politician and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Quebec
  • Joseph Hormisdas Rainville (1875-1942), Canadian lawyer and politician
  • Guy Rainville (b. 1963), Canadian politician, leader of the Green Party of Quebec (2008 to 2010)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Judicium parium aut leges terrae
Motto Translation: The judgement of my peers, or the laws of the land.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Rainville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rainville 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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