The rich and ancient history of the Rayneart family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name Rainer,
which was taken from the Old Germanic name Raginhari
which means counsel
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Rayneart family
The surname Rayneart was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. There is also an entry in the Domesday Book
1086)) listing a Rogerus filius
Rainardi, Rainart in Norfolk.
Early History of the Rayneart family
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Rayneart Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Rayneart have been found, including Reynard, Reynardson, Renhard, Renyard, Reinard and many more.
Early Notables of the Rayneart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rayneart family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Rayneart, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Johnis Rynard, who was on record in New York in 1687; Joan Reynard, who came to America from Ireland
in 1740; Caspar Reynard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1751.