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The name Reinhar originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Rainer, which was taken from the Old Germanic name Raginhari which means counsel and army. 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.

Reinhar Early Origins



The surname Reinhar 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.

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Reinhar Early History


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Reinhar Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reinhar research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1589, 1661 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Reinhar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reinhar Spelling Variations


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Reinhar Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Reinhar has appeared include Reynard, Reynardson, Renhard, Renyard, Reinard and many more.

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Reinhar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reinhar Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reinhar 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Reinhar arrived in North America very early: 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.

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