The first people to use the name Reaney were a family of Strathclyde- Britons
who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived in county of Angus.
Early Origins of the Reaney family
The surname Reaney was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire.
"The Ranys or Rennys were extensive owners of land in the district of Craig in Angus from the middle of the fifteenth century, and the Rennies of Usan were recognised as an old family. Symon Renny was bailie of Inverkeithing in 1362. John Rayny, pelliparius, was burgess of Stirling in 1436." CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Reaney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reaney research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1572, 1592, 1798, 1402, 1409 and are included under the topic Early Reaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reaney Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland
in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations
. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Reaney has appeared as Rayney, Rainy, Rainey, Rainnie, Rennie, Renny and many more.
Early Notables of the Reaney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Reaney family to Ireland
Some of the Reaney family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 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 Reaney family to the New World and Oceana
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan
families back home. Many Scots even fought against England
in the American War of Independence
to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:
Reaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Martin Reaney, who landed in Colorado in 1881 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 Reaney (post 1700)
- Thomas Reaney, American co-founder of Reaney, Son & Archbold, an American iron shipbuilding company in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1859
- J. H. Reaney, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 23rd District, 1879 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Thomas Reaney, English footballer who played from 1904 to 1905
- Les Reaney (b. 1984), Canadian professional ice hockey player
- James Crerar Reaney OC FRSC (1926-2008), Canadian poet, playwright, librettist, and professor, three-time Governor General's Award recipient
- Paul Reaney (b. 1944), English former footballer who played from 1962 to 1981, member of the England National Team (1968-1971)