Renfrew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Renfrew surname is of local origin, derived from the town so called in Renfrewshire.

Early Origins of the Renfrew family

The surname Renfrew was first found in county of Edenburk, where they held a family seat. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north and the borders became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land. Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. The name was first recorded in Scotland in 1296 when Adam DeReynfru of the county of Edenburk rendered homage to King Edward 1st of England in 1296 during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland.

Important Dates for the Renfrew family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Renfrew research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1304, 1408, 1404 and 1772 are included under the topic Early Renfrew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Renfrew Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Renfrew, Renfrye, Reynfrew, Rainfrew, Renfro, Renfroe and many more.

Early Notables of the Renfrew family (pre 1700)

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Renfrew migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Renfrew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Janet Renfrew, who settled in New York in 1774
  • Jennet Renfrew, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1774 [1]
Renfrew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Renfrew, who was naturalized in Lancaster county Pennsylvania in 1802
  • John Renfrew, who was naturalized in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1831
  • John Renfrew, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1837 [1]
  • Clara Renfrew, who settled in Vermont sometime between 1861 and 1909

Renfrew migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Renfrew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Renfrew, who was on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871

Renfrew migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Renfrew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Renfrew, (b. 1821), aged 20, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Ferguson" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th January 1841 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Renfrew, (b. 1818), aged 36, Cornish carpenter departing from Plymouth on 21st May 1854 aboard the ship "Nestor" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 16th September 1854 [3]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Renfrew, (b. 1819), aged 35, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 21st May 1854 aboard the ship "Nestor" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 16th September 1854 [3]
  • Mr. Cyprian Renfrew, (b. 1843), aged 11, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 21st May 1854 aboard the ship "Nestor" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 16th September 1854 [3]
  • Miss Jane Renfrew, (b. 1847), aged 7, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 21st May 1854 aboard the ship "Nestor" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 16th September 1854 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Renfrew 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:

Renfrew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss A. Renfrew, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1858 [4]
  • John Renfrew, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Christina Renfrew, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Alexander Renfrew, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Renfrew (post 1700)

  • Charles Byron Renfrew (1928-2017), American jurist, 18th United States Deputy Attorney General (1980-1981), Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (1971-1980)
  • Malcolm MacKenzie Renfrew (b. 1910), American polymer chemist, inventor, and professor emeritus at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho
  • James Renfrew, American politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 6th Circuit, 1959 [5]
  • Charles W. Renfrew, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 16th District, 1970 [5]
  • Charles W. Renfrew, American politician, Mayor of Birmingham, Michigan, 1955-56 [5]
  • George Richard Renfrew, Canadian co-founder of Henderson, Renfrew & Co in 1860 which later became Holt Renfrew, one of Canada's most prestigious chain of upscale clothers
  • Andrew Colin Renfrew (b. 1937), Baron Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, English archaeologist
  • Nelson Renfrew Park (1890-1979), American politician, U.S. Consul in Callao-Lima, 1926; Ceiba, 1927-30; Torreon, 1930-37; Barranquilla, 1937-42; Matamoros, 1942-44; Barcelona, 1944-48; U.S. Consul General in Kingston, 1948-50 [6]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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