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

Renfrew Early Origins



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.

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Renfrew Spelling Variations


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Renfrew Spelling Variations



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

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Renfrew Early History


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Renfrew Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Renfrew research. Another 155 words (11 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.

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Renfrew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Renfrew Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Renfrew 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



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, arrived in New York in 1774

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
  • Clara Renfrew, who came to Vermont sometime between 1861 and 1909

Renfrew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Renfrew, who was on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871

Renfrew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Renfrew, aged 19, a copperminer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion"

Renfrew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Renfrew, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Christina Renfrew, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Alexander Renfrew, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Renfrew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Renfrew (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Charles W. Renfrew, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 16th District, 1970
  • Charles W. Renfrew, American politician, Mayor of Birmingham, Michigan, 1955-56
  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    10. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
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    The Renfrew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Renfrew Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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