Renault History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious French surname Renault is a proud sign of a rich and dynamic ancestry. Many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The French Renault surname comes from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements "ragin," meaning "counsel," and "wald," meaning "rule."

Early Origins of the Renault family

The surname Renault was first found in Lorraine where they held a family seat.

They also branched to Brittany where they held a family seat at Beauregard, and to Beauvais. The family branched to Champagne and held a family seat at Landes. In Provence they were the Marquis de Aleine. Bernard Renau d'Elissagaray (1652-1719), invented a flat-bottomed boat. He was an engineer of the French Navy. After the French Revolution they were made Barons of the Empire.

Guillaume Renaud, born in 1643, son of Guillaume and Suzanne, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Marie Delamarre, born in 1650, daughter of David and Anne, on 27th November 1668. They remained together in Quebec until Marie's death on 23rd December 1708. Guillaume passed away on 6th January 1709. [1]

Early History of the Renault family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Renault research. Another 30 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1568, 1581, 1591, 1606, 1624, 1652, 1662, 1701, and 1719 are included under the topic Early Renault History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Renault Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Renault, Renauld, Renaut, Renau, De Renault, de Renault, De Renaud, de Renauld, Renaud, Des Renaud, des Renaud and many more.

Early Notables of the Renault family (pre 1700)

Notable in the family name was Renaud de Beaune (1527-1606) of Tours, a French Catholic ecclesiastic, who was made Bishop of Mende in 1568, Archbishop of Bourges in 1581, and was made...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Renault Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Renault migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Renault Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Renault, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683 [2]
Renault Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Renault, aged 16, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • Jean Renault, aged 27, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
Renault Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Leon Renault, who landed in Mississippi in 1905 [2]

Canada Renault migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Renault Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Marie Renault, aged 20, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Anthoine Renault, who arrived in Montreal in 1662

New Zealand Renault migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Renault Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Renault, British settler travelling from London via Cape ports aboard the ship "Pembroke Castle" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th November 1889 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Renault (post 1700) +

  • Jean Louis Renault (1843-1918), French jurist who shared the 1907 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Fernand Renault (1865-1909), French automotive pioneer, who founded the Renault company in 1899 with his brothers Marcel Renault (1872-1903) and Louuis Renault (1877-1944)
  • Marcel Renault (1872-1903), French automotive pioneer, who founded the Renault company in 1899 with his brothers Louis Renault (1877-1944), and Fernand Renault (1865-1909)
  • Louis Renault (1877-1944), French automotive pioneer, who founded the Renault company in 1899 with his brothers Marcel Renault (1872-1903) and Fernand Renault (1865-1909)
  • Mary Renault (1905-1983), English author
  • Colonel Gilbert "Rémy" Renault (1904-1984), who organized a network of intelligence agents in occupied France during WWII


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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